President Obama Picks Chuck Hagel, Fight Over Defense Secretary

Source: Devin Dwyer and Jonathan Karl / ABC News

Two weeks before his inauguration, and with more “fiscal cliffs” on the horizon, President Obama is embracing a showdown with Congress over his pick to lead the Pentagon in his second term.

Obama will nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense at a formal White House announcement later today, administration officials said.

The president will name counterterrorism advisor John Brennan as the new CIA director to replace David Petraeus, rounding out an overhaul of his national security team.

Obama tapped Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts last month to become the next Secretary of State.

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