President Obama nominated Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb) for Secretary of Defense and tapped John Brennan, his top counterterrorism advisor, to lead the CIA. NPR's Ari Shapiro reads from a number of opinion pieces about those decisions talks with NPR's Tom Bowman about Obama's national security goals in his second term.
President Obama is expected to nominate former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as Defense secretary. The potential nomination of Hagel has already drawn sharp criticism, particularly from fellow Republicans.
President Obama will on Monday name former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary, an administration official confirmed to NPR. Hagel's past comments on Iran, Israel and gays have come under scrutiny.
The sleek and efficient F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is scheduled to replace as many as ten planes currently in service. As Congress looks to make budget cuts, some question the value of the world's most expensive fighter jet.
The aircraft is intended to serve the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines for decades to come. But delays and cost overruns keep pushing up the price. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer, says the cost will come down as production ramps up.
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