Chuck Hagel

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Previously, Hagel was a distinguished professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have a daughter (Allyn) and son (Ziller).

Podcast Guest Appearances

Biden’s Climate Opportunity (Part 2)

Can President Biden bring the country back together - and move it forward?

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel believes he can. “I think if there was ever the right kind of leader at the right time for this country, it’s Joe Biden,” Hagel says. “I know this guy very well… his judgment is good, his experience is good and his appeal to the other party is reaching across the aisle.”