Obama Makes Work’s Defense Nomination Official

He’ll appear before a Senate committee next week for his confirmation hearing.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, citing the recent Pay Our Military Act, will recall to work hundreds of thousands of furloughed civilian employees of the Department of Defense next week.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
Add to Briefcase
Jordain Carney
Feb. 7, 2014, 11:58 a.m.

Robert Work will be nom­in­ated to serve in the Pentagon’s No. 2 spot, the White House an­nounced Fri­day.

The de­cision is by no means a sur­prise. News of the pending nom­in­a­tion broke a few days ago, and the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vice Com­mit­tee jumped the gun this morn­ing, an­noun­cing it would hold his con­firm­a­tion hear­ing next week.

De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel thanked the com­mit­tee for its “prompt ac­tion.”

Work, who is cur­rently the CEO at the Cen­ter for a New Amer­ic­an Se­cur­ity, pre­vi­ously served as the un­der sec­ret­ary for the Navy, with Hagel call­ing him an “ad­mired and tested lead­er” and a “na­tion­ally re­cog­nized stra­tegic thinker.”

Work, if con­firmed, will re­place Act­ing Deputy Sec­ret­ary Christine Fox, who stepped in­to the role in Decem­ber, be­com­ing the Pentagon’s highest-rank­ing wo­man.

The former Navy of­fi­cial re­turns to the Pentagon as it faces a chal­len­ging fisc­al en­vir­on­ment, and draws down its pres­ence in Afgh­anistan.

Hagel sidestepped ques­tions about a draw­down timeline, spe­cif­ic U.S. troop levels, or when he be­lieves a bi­lat­er­al se­cur­ity agree­ment would be signed with Afghan Pres­id­ent Ham­id Kar­zai, but he did say that Pentagon lead­ers con­tin­ue to work with al­lies to plan for a “post-2014 mis­sion.”

Hagel also ad­dressed the de­part­ment’s on­go­ing eth­ics scan­dals, not­ing that he plans to ap­point a seni­or-level eth­ics of­ficer.

“I don’t think there is one simple an­swer to the is­sue of eth­ics, val­ues, a lapse in some of those areas that we do know about,” Hagel said. “That’s why we’re tak­ing a hard look at this. I think we need to find out: Is there a deep, wide prob­lem? If there is, then what’s the scope of that prob­lem. How did this oc­cur.”

What We're Following See More »
UNTIL DEC. 9, ANYWAY
Obama Signs Bill to Fund Government
4 hours ago
THE LATEST
REDSKINS IMPLICATIONS
SCOTUS to Hear Case on Offensive Trademarks
4 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

"The Supreme Court is taking up a First Amendment clash over the government’s refusal to register offensive trademarks, a case that could affect the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name. The justices agreed Thursday to hear a dispute involving an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but they did not act on a separate request to hear the higher-profile Redskins case at the same time." Still, any precedent set by the case could have ramifications for the Washington football team.

Source:
STAFF PICKS
Bannon Still Collecting Royalties from ‘Seinfeld’
6 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at a little-known intersection of politics and entertainment, in which Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon is still raking in residuals from Seinfeld. Here's the digest version: When Seinfeld was in its infancy, Ted Turner was in the process of acquiring its production company, Castle Rock, but he was under-capitalized. Bannon's fledgling media company put up the remaining funds, and he agreed to "participation rights" instead of a fee. "Seinfeld has reaped more than $3 billion in its post-network afterlife through syndication deals." Meanwhile, Bannon is "still cashing checks from Seinfeld, and observers say he has made nearly 25 times more off the Castle Rock deal than he had anticipated."

Source:
IT’S ALL CLINTON
Reliable Poll Data Coming in RE: Debate #1
6 hours ago
WHY WE CARE
NEXT THURSDAY
Trump Transition Team Meeting with Silicon Valley VIPs
8 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Donald Trump's "transition team will meet next week with representatives of the tech industry, multiple sources confirmed, even as their candidate largely has been largely shunned by Silicon Valley. The meeting, scheduled for next Thursday at the offices of law and lobbying firm BakerHostetler, will include trade groups like the Information Technology Industry Council and the Internet Association that represent major Silicon Valley companies."

Source:
×