As Hagel Steps Down, Two Likely Replacements Emerge
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation Monday, and two potential candidates to replace him have already emerged.By Matt Picht | November 24, 2014
After less than two years as Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel will soon be out of a job. (Video via The White House)
And Hagel's replacement will need to hit the ground running, with the U.S. ramping up a new military campaign in Iraq and Syria, as well as extending an old one in Afghanistan and confronting an aggressively territorial Russia in Ukraine.
Media outlets are circulating a shortlist of potential candidates, and it really is a short list, with just two likely contenders consistently getting mentioned. Here's a look at who's up for the job.