GAME OVER FOR HAGEL
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to service members with Regional Command (Southwest) at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 8.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to service members with Regional Command (Southwest) at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 8.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Steps Down

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel unexpectedly submitted his resignation on Monday after a series of recent discussions with President Obama and White House officials determining “that it was time for new leadership at the Pentagon,” said a senior defense official, speaking anonymously.

Hagel will remain in his role until the White House appoints a replacement, who must also be confirmed by the Senate. According to the Washington Post, potential replacements include Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter, former high-ranking defense officials from Obama’s first term.

Get the full story at The Washington Post.