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Obama to nominate Hagel, Brennan for top national security posts

Chuck Hagel & John Brennan

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the nominations of Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as the new CIA director, a senior administration official said.


Obama Expected to Select Hagel for Defense Post

Barack Obama

The nomination of Chuck Hagel, which could come as early as Monday, is already encountering opposition because of his stand on Israel and his comments about an ambassador who was gay.


Chuck Hagel may have tough road to Pentagon job

Chuck Hagel

Former Republican senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, possibly President Obama's top choice for Defense secretary, is drawing fire for his positions on Israel, Iraq and gay rights.


Obama awards Gates the Medal of Freedom

President Obama pulled another military surprise today during Defense Secretary Robert Gates' farewell ceremony.


Tensions rise over Afghanistan war strategy

As Obama's team works on its plans, McChrystal and other advisors are asked to keep the process more private. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that President Obama's advisors should keep their guidance private, in effect admonishing the top commander in Afghanistan for publicly advocating an approach requiring more troops even as the White House reassesses its strategy.


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