Critics question capabilities of US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel visits troops in Afghanistan on his first trip abroad as US Defence Secretary (photo:dpa)
Chuck Hagel visits troops in Afghanistan on his first trip abroad as US Defence Secretary (photo:dpa)

Former US senator Chuck Hagel was recently confirmed Secretary of Defence. The appointment as head of the Pentagon was part of President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to all top positions in his national security team as he began his second term of office. But Mr Hagel is a controversial choice and he could find himself struggling the most to effectively implement the president’s policies.

GLOBAL eyes are on the controversial appointment of former US senator Chuck Hagel as he eases into his new role as President Barack Obama’s defence secretary.

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His opponents are vocal in their concerns that Mr Hagel, as head of the Pentagon, ma...

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