FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file photo, current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta shakes hands with former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, center, as President Barack Obama moves to the podium

 

              FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file photo, current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta shakes hands with former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, center, as President Barack Obama moves to the podium
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file photo, current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta shakes hands with former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, center, as President Barack Obama moves to the podium during a new conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Defense Secretary hopeful, Hagel has called the U.S. embargo against Cuba "nonsensical" and anachronistic. The nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry once held up millions in funding for secretive USAID democracy-building programs in Cuba. With the men poised to occupy two of the most important positions in Obama's new Cabinet, observers on both sides of the Florida Straits say the time could be ripe for a reboot in relations between the Cold War enemies - despite major obstacles still in the way. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)