**FILE** Republican Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies Jan. 31, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Republican Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies Jan. 31, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)