Defense-job nod going to Hagel, insiders say

Obama’s nomination expected today

Posted: January 7, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, seen in this Feb 21, 2007, photo, is expected to be nominated as the next defense secretary.

President Barack Obama will nominate former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he’s ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel’s stands on Israel and Iran.

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