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Obama names Hagel to lead Pentagon

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Published on Jan 7, 2013

Chuck Hagel has been named by US President Barack Obama for the role of secretary of defence.

Hagel, a former Republican Senator and a Vietnam War veteran, is known for speaking his mind and voicing his criticism of the US-led war in Iraq.

The president has also selected John Brennan as nominee for the leadership of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports from Washington.

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