Pres­i­dent Obama nom­i­nates Chuck Hagel as De­fense Sec­re­tary


Pres­i­dent Barack Obama an­nounced two key nominations for his na­tional se­cu­rity team. He tapped John Bren­nan to serve as the Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA), and has asked Se­na­tor Chuck Hagel to serve as Sec­re­tary of De­fence. “Chuck Hagel’s lead­er­ship of our mil­i­tary would be his­toric,” he said. “He’d be the first per­son of en­listed rank to serve as Sec­re­tary of De­fense, one of the few sec­re­taries who have been wounded in war, and the first Viet­nam veteran to lead the de­part­ment. As I saw dur­ing our vis­its to­gether to Afghanistan and Iraq, in Chuck Hagel our troops see a dec­o­rated com­bat veteran of char­ac­ter and strength. They see one of their own.

“Chuck knows that war is not an ab­strac­tion,” Pres­i­dent Obama said. “He un­der­stands that send­ing young Amer­i­cans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that’s some­thing we only do when it’s ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.”

Se­na­tor Hagel thanked the Pres­i­dent for the op­por­tu­nity to again serve the United States and its men and women in uni­form.

“Th­ese are peo­ple who give so much to this na­tion ev­ery day with such dig­nity and self­less­ness,” he said. “This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant at a time as we com­plete our mis­sion in Afghanistan and sup­port the troops and mil­i­tary fam­i­lies who have sac­ri­ficed so much over more than a decade of war.”

Pres­i­dent Obama has nom­i­nated John Bren­nan as the next Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency.

Bren­nan, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, has served as Pres­i­dent Obama’s Ad­vi­sor for Coun­tert­er­ror­ism and Home­land Se­cu­rity since 2009. “For the last four years,” Pres­i­dent Obama said, “John devel­oped and has over­seen our com­pre­hen­sive coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy – a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort across the government, in­clud­ing in­tel­li­gence and de­fence and home­land se­cu­rity, and law en­force­ment agen­cies.”

Pres­i­dent Obama called Bren­nan “one of the hard­est work­ing civil ser­vants I’ve ever known” and said that he val­ued Bren­nan’s in­tegrity and com­mit­ment “to the val­ues that de­fine us as Amer­i­cans.”

John Bren­nan

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