President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense Secretary former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-ND), speaks alongside Obama's nominee to be the next CIA Director John Brennan and President Obama, during a nomination ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC on January 7, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Unlike incoming Secretary of State John Kerry's jovial confirmation hearings last week, former Sen. Chuck Hagel faces tough questions from both parties over his record on Iran, women and gays serving in the military, Pentagon spending and Israel.
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Roskos with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," participates in the annual Flags-In ceremony, May 23, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Soldiers place American flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones in the cemetery in honor of Memorial Day. UPI/Kevin Dietsch