File photo of Chuck Hagel reacting on Capitol Hill in Washington

 
File photo of Chuck Hagel reacting on Capitol Hill in Washington
Chuck Hagel reacts during meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington in this January 23, 2013 file photo. As Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Pentagon, prepared to meet with senior New York Senator Chuck Schumer in mid-January, the White House stepped in and ensured that the get-together would take place quickly - and in the West Wing. Hagel, 66, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and former two-term Republican senator, emerged as a leading candidate to replace Leon Panetta almost as quickly as the defense secretary announced his retirement. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files