Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Resign Upon Successor’s Confirmation

Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will resign from the position when his successor is confirmed by the full Senate, President Barack Obama announced in a news conference Monday morning.

Hagel was confirmed for the post in February 2013.

The story of Hagel’s departure was first reported by the New York Times early Monday morning.

Helene Cooper, who first broke the story, cited one administration official that said Hagel and Obama mutually agreed on the departure after two weeks of discussions over Hagel’s future at the Pentagon.

Hagel was largely tasked to manage the U.S.’ withdrawal of combat forces and cuts under sequestration when he started as defense secretary, according to the Times.

Cooper lists these current and former government officials as potential successors:

  • Ashton Carter, a former deputy defense secretary
  • Michele Flournoy, a former defense undersecretary
  • Jack Reed, a Senate Democrat from Rhode Island

For more on Hagel’s tenure at DoD, click here to read Cooper’s full report.

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