Defense Secretary

The Leonard Lopate Show

Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on the Lopate Show in 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

On Thursday, Senator Chuck Hagel, Pres. Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, will testify before the Senate Armed Forces Committee. As he prepares for his confirmation hearings, you can hear his 2008 conversation with Leonard Lopate about his memoir, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Personal

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino comments on the controversy surrounding the Journal-News' decision to publish a map of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester Counties. Plus: Michael Hirsh of National Journal discusses Chuck Hagel's nomination for Defense Secretary; Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer on 2013's global political risks; and a Radio Rookie explains the phenomenon of sexual cyberbullying.

The Takeaway

Two Weeks in the Job, Panetta Changes Tone at Pentagon

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Leon Panetta began his term as defense secretary on July 1, 2011. In the less than two weeks since, he's already visited Iraq and Afghanistan and set a new tone — and agenda — for the Pentagon. Though he was friendly with his predecessor, Robert Gates, Panetta has not been shy about publicly changing the goals for America's two wars. 


The Takeaway

Obama to Name CIA Director Panetta as Defense Secretary

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Associated Press reports this morning that President Obama will name current CIA director Leon Panetta as the replacement for Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He'd also make General David Patreaeus Panetta's replacement at the CIA. The changes are expected to take effect this summer, after a Senate confirmation. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times speaks with us about this news.