President Barack Obama has named his choice for one of the nation's prominent national security posts.
Monday, Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
Hagel is a Republican war veteran whose stances on Israel and Iran have angered some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Obama said, "In Chuck Hagel, our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength,"."They see one of their own."
Thanking the president for the nomination, Hagel pledged to offer his "honest and most informed counsel" to the administration.
Obama also announced Monday his choice of counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency.