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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after the president announced Hagel's resignation at the White House in Washington, November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Unfortunately, it is likely that not much will be different three months from now regarding U.S. strategy to combat Islamic extremists even after a change at the top of the Pentagon.

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The D.C. policy establishment seems to be betting on a bureaucrat, rather than a politician, to replace Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

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Hagel simply wasn’t up to the job of Secretary of Defense, either intellectually or physically.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s sudden resignation caused many speculations. Secretary of Defense is known as one of the hardest jobs so was it Hagel’s own decision to leave or did disagreements with Obama’s policies and strategies led to Hagel being pushed out?

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walks out to welcome New Zealand's Minister of Defence Gerry Brownlee at the Pentagon in Washington, November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

While he was not a noisy regular on all the Sunday talk shows, Secretary Hagel was competently managing the largest federal agency’s drawdown at a time of great global unrest.

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) at the White House in Washington, November 24, 2014.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation gives congressional Republicans the opportunity to review our declining defense budget and create a measuring stick for the next president.

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AEI experts are available to comment on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation.

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Secretary of Defense is a terrible job for anyone with any self-respect. The administration won’t listen to the military, won’t do what’s necessary to fight ISIS, al Qaeda or other groups.

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Senator Kelly Ayotte, former Senator Jon Kyl, and defense industry representatives discuss the current state of missile defenses and what’s next in the effort to defend the American homeland against a growing missile threat.

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U.S. Sailors with Detachment 5, Carrier Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 chock and chain a C-2A Greyhound aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Celebes Sea Oct. 14, 2014.
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Come January, we’ll see whether GOP defense hawks are strong enough  to ride their election wave and restore American military strength.

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