Defense Secretary

Hagel Resigns As Defense Secretary Under PressureDefense 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.
Interview: Monterey's Leon Panetta On Public Service, Bin Laden, Congress InactionAfter 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."
Gay Rights Activists Divided Over Hagel's Nomination As Defense SecretaryDespite 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."