In nominating former Senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, President Obama acknowledged that his team will deal with a changing world.
“Ending the war in Afghanistan and caring for those who have borne the battle, preparing for the full range of threats, from the unconventional to the conventional, including things like cyber security…,” Obama said.
In his Senate confirmation hearing, Hagel said, if confirmed, he would confront new issues as the U.S. brings its troops home from Afghanistan.
"That does not mean the threats we face and will continue to face, are any less dangerous or complicated. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Recent events in Mali and Algeria remind us clearly of this reality," Hagel said.
Hagel’s fellow Republican, former Senator Richard Lugar, says the new priorities will have to be accomplished with smaller defense budgets and with a Pentagon that is stressed.