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Reports say Hagel in line to be next Secretary of Defense

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Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is the likely candidate for an important position in the Obama Administration.

The 66 year old Hagel has emerged as the front–runner for Secretary of Defense, succeeding Leon Panetta.   Hagel and Obama's relationship dates back to when the two served in the senate together.  

If he is picked, Hagel would oversee the Afghanistan troop withdrawal and some of the steepest cuts in Pentagon spending. Hagel left the Senate in 2009 and brings Military credentials to the job, serving in Vietnam.

An announcement is expected to come this week.

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