Obama to nominate Chuck Hagel for defense secretary

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Image uploaded from a quicklink President Obama will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Vietnam veteran, to be secretary of defense as early as Monday, according to a person close to the process. Hagel's expected nomination has drawn sharp criticism in recent weeks, particularly from Republicans who have questioned his commitment to Israel's security. In an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called Hagel's selection "an in your face nomination."

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