Defense Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel answers reporters' questions during a news conference at the Pentagon October 30, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hagel Resigns As Defense Secretary Under Pressure

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team.

11/24/2014

Leon Panetta. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Interview: Monterey’s Leon Panetta On Public Service, Bin Laden, Congress Inaction

After spending 16 years in congress, along with stints as director of the Office of Management and Budget, White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and – most recently – Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta says it has been “a hell of a ride, as they say, for the son of Italian immigrants.”

04/02/2013

Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

Gay Rights Activists Divided Over Hagel’s Nomination As Defense Secretary

Despite misgivings from some gay rights advocates, President Barack Obama announced Monday he will nominate former GOP U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, calling him “the leader our troops deserve.”

01/07/2013

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