Former Sen. Chuck Hagel is expected to become President Obama's pick for the next defense secretary Monday, CNN is now reporting.
The president is also expected to announce his nominee for CIA director tomorrow. CNN's source, a senior administration official, told CNN that the schedule was subject to change. But two sources close to Hagel also told the network the announcement would take place Monday.
The Associated Press has also confirmed that Obama will nominate Hagel for the position as early as Monday.
In Sunday's World-Herald, staff writer Paul Goodsell examined Hagel's record and found that the former Nebraska senator shares Obama's cautious view of military action in places such as Iran and is willing to cut the Pentagon budget.
But Obama's expected choice wouldn't come with proven expertise in running the vast military bureaucracy at a time of budget cutbacks. Nor would Hagel, despite being a Republican, bring much bipartisan credibility to the Democratic administration's policies when he discusses them with Congress.