On Jan. 6, 2013, an official told NBC News that President Barack Obama planned to nominate former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. The announcement is expected on Jan. 7.
Hagel is a contrarian Republican moderate and decorated Vietnam combat veteran who is likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. If confirmed, Hagel would give Obama a whiff of bipartisanship in his Cabinet. - NBC News