WASHINGTON (AP) —
President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary is defending his
views of the military and global threats.
At his confirmation
hearing on Thursday in Washington, former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel of
Nebraska told senators that America "must engage — not retreat — in the
world." He says his record is consistent on that point.
66-year-old decorated Vietnam combat veteran would be the first former
enlisted man to become defense secretary. He would be the lone
Republican in the Obama Cabinet if the Senate were to confirm him.