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OBAMA-2NDLD HAGEL 2

OBAMA-2NDLD HAGEL 2

"We have still got much to do, ending the war in "We have still got much to do, ending the war in Afghanistan and carrying for those who have borne the battle, preparing for the full range of threats, from the unconventional to the conventional, including things like cyber security, and within our military, continuing to ensure that our men and women in uniform can serve the country they love no matter who they love," Obama said. Currently Chairperson of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board Incumbent, Hagel served as Nebraska Senator for two terms from 1997 to 2009, during which he was member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Chuck Hagel's leadership of our military would be historic. He'd be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defence, one of the few secretaries who've been wounded in war, and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the department," Obama said. Observing that Hagel represents the bipartisan tradition that is needed in Washington, the US President said his next Defence Secretary, recognises that American leadership is indispensable in a dangerous world. "I saw this in our travels together across the Middle East. He understands that America stands strongest when we stand with allies and with friends. As a successful businessman, he also knows that, even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely, guided by our strategy, and keep our military the strongest fighting force the world has ever known," Obama said. Highly appreciative of Brennan, his Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism, Obama said in him the men and women of the CIA will have the leadership of one of the nation's most skilled and respected intelligence professionals. "A 25-year veteran of the CIA, John knows what our national security demands: intelligence that provides policy makers with the facts, strong analytic insights, and a keen understanding of a dynamic world," Obama said. Obama said Brennan, as his top counter-terrorism advisor, has been highly successful in the fight against terrorism. PTI LKJ ASK ASK

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