Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Resign

Nov 25, 2014 at 11:05 am |

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) walks down the Pentagon steps

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Monday (Nov. 24) President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be stepping down in 2015 once the Senate has confirmed a successor.

This will be the fourth Defense Secretary under the Obama administration– the most since Harry Truman was in office.

Hagel has been in office since February 2013.

Although Hagel is resigning, several confirmed source told CNN that the Obama is forcing out the Defense Secretary. However, the president said in his speech, “If there’s one thing I know about Chuck it is that he does not make this or any decision lightly. This decision does not come easily to him.” Obama also commended Hagel on the “exemplary” job that he has done and gave him credit for his many national security achievements.

With the Republicans taking control of the senate after the 2014 midterms, the GOP will be deciding on the new successor. Probable contenders to replace Hagel are Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Flournoy is a Democrat who served as the Pentagon’s policy chief from 2009-12 and is now the chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security. Carter served as Deputy Defense Secretary from 2011-13.

The Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down. Who will replace him?