Obama to nominate Hagel, Brennan to nat'l security posts

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the nominations of Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan as the new CIA director, a senior administration official said.
The choice of Hagel, a maverick former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam veteran, had been widely tipped to replace Leon Panetta at the Pentagon. The move will likely set up a tough Senate confirmation battle against critics who have attacked his record on Israel and Iran.Brennan, who formerly served at the CIA, will succeed retired general David Petraeus, who resigned amid a scandal over an extramarital affair with his biographer.
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