Hagel Tapped To Oversee Belt-Tightening At DOD

Law360, New York (January 7, 2013, 9:21 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama on Monday tapped former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, a divisive figure on Capitol Hill, to lead the U.S. Department of Defense, with experts predicting Hagel will take a hard line with defense industry lobbyists and look to keep costly shows of military might in check.

Obama introduced Hagel as the next secretary of defense and John Brennan, the White House's chief counterterrorism adviser, as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Monday. Obama said both men had "been on the field,...
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