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List of Candidates to Replace Hagel Includes Familiar Names

  • November 24, 2014
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Following Monday’s surprise announcement that President Obama had accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after less than two years in his post, a number of candidates to succeed Hagel have emerged. The top tier of possible replacements includes three people with extensive experience at the highest echelons of the Pentagon — Michèle Flournoy, Ashton Carter and Robert Work. Flournoy, CEO of the Center for a New American Security, and Carter, former deputy defense secretary, both were on previous short lists to replace former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta …

Hagel Plans to Stay for Duration of President’s Term

  • November 10, 2014
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to remain at his post for the remainder of the Obama presidency, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday. “The secretary is fully committed to his job as defense secretary and leading this department, and he looks forward to doing that through the remainder,” Kirby told reporters. The press secretary’s comments followed a report by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about speculation that Hagel would leave before the end of 2016, reported Politico. “Administration officials speculate that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may leave well before the president’s term ends; a likely replacement would be former undersecretary Michèle Flournoy, who was nearly picked for the job in 2013,” Ignatius wrote last week.
Hagel was sworn in as defense secretary in February 2013.

Hagel Can Work with McCain, Pentagon Spokesman Says

  • November 4, 2014
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With Republicans poised to wrest control of the Senate, the Pentagon press secretary on Tuesday said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has a strong relationship with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is widely expected to take the gavel of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wins a majority of the chamber. “The secretary has a good relationship with many members of Congress, and I believe that he believes that relationship with Sen. McCain is also strong and productive, and it has been,” Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. “And it has to be, given Sen. McCain’s position on the Senate Armed Services Committee …

Senate Confirms Robert Work as Deputy Secretary

  • May 1, 2014
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The Senate has confirmed Robert Work, a former Navy undersecretary, to be the next deputy secretary of defense. Following the vote, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he welcomes Work’s return to the Pentagon. “Bob is an admired and tested leader, with a distinguished career of public service, including during his time as an officer in the Marine Corps and as undersecretary of the Navy …

Ayotte Presses Nominee on DOD’s Intentions to Address Excess Capacity outside of BRAC

  • February 26, 2014
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) focused on the Defense Department’s plans for reducing its infrastructure in the event Congress rejects its latest request for additional base closures, during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Robert Work for deputy defense secretary. During the Armed Services Committee hearing, Ayotte asked the nominee to clarify remarks Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered Monday during a preview of the department’s five-year spending plan. After noting that lawmakers rejected DOD’s BRAC requests in each of the last two years, Hagel said that “if Congress continues to block these requests even as they slash the overall budget, we will have to consider every tool at our disposal to reduce infrastructure …

McCain Places Hold on Deputy Secretary Nominee

  • February 25, 2014
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has placed a hold on Robert Work, President Obama’s nominee for deputy defense secretary, after he characterized the Navy’s littoral combat ship program as being “on solid ground” during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. “I think this is very normal with Navy ship building,” Work said of a program that would be cut from 52 ships to 32 under the five-year budget proposal Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the previous day …

DOD Proposes Scaling Down Subsidies for Commissaries

  • February 25, 2014
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Military grocery stores would not be closed under the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request, but discounts for service members and retirees would be greatly curtailed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. The department is proposing to reduce the annual direct subsidy provided to military commissaries by $1 billion over a three-year period; the annual subsidy now totals $1.4 billion. As a result, the savings on groceries enjoyed by military families would drop from an average of 30 percent to about 10 percent, according to a Pentagon briefing led by senior officials on background …

Budget Cuts Require Balancing Act, Hagel Says; Work Nominated for Deputy Slot

  • February 9, 2014
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Short on specifics, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the need to take “a holistic point of view” as Pentagon officials fine-tune the fiscal 2015 budget request. The key is to balance readiness, modernization and capability as planners look for places to trim about $41 million from the FY 2015 spending level the department envisioned one year ago, he told reporters Friday during a Pentagon press briefing. “Now, will there be cuts across the board? Of course there will. You can’t do it any other way. Are there going to be adjustments across the board? Of course …

Obama to Nominate Former Navy Official as DOD Deputy, Report Says

  • February 4, 2014
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Robert Work, who served as Navy undersecretary from 2009 through 2013, will be nominated as deputy secretary of defense as early as Thursday by President Obama, reported RealClearDefense. Work would replace Ashton Carter who resigned late last year. In the interim, Christine Fox has been filling in as deputy secretary. Work now is CEO of think-tank Center for a New American Security. He served 27 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel …

More Difficult Decisions Still Remain, Hagel Says

  • December 4, 2013
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Defense officials still face a number of challenging budget decisions on force structure, compensation and acquisition, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday after unveiling a series of organizational reforms intended to streamline DOD headquarters. “These reductions are only a first step in DOD’s efforts to realign defense spending to meet new fiscal realities and strategic priorities,” Hagel told reporters …

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