10:30 a.m.: Hagel says he's worried about the effects of sequestration on the budget, but will do everything he can to make sure
10:28 a.m.: Hagel: "America has and always will be a Pacific power."
10:28 a.m.: On nuclear weapons, Hagel says he is "committed to modernizing our nuclear arsenal."
10:27 a.m.: On Iran, Hagel says "all options must reamin on the table," but he has the same goal as President Obama, "prevention, not containment."
10:25 a.m.: Hagel says there should only be two function for American troops left behind in Afghanistan: "counterterroism ... and training and advising Afghan forces."
10:21 a.m.: Hagel: "America must engage in the world. Not retreat."
10:20 a.m.: Hagel: "I have a record I'm proud of. ... But no one individual vote, no one individual statement defines me."
10:19 a.m.: Hagel: "Committing to war" can never be a political litmus test.
10:14 a.m.: Hagel finally begins his statement.
10:13 a.m.: Warner: "Some men are asked to 'take the point.' Chuck Hagel did that in Vietnam. If confirmed, he'll do it again." The military will know "they have one of their own."
10:08 a.m.: Warner talks about how Vietnam veterans like Hagel and McCain were not welcomed home they way they should have been.
10:04 a.m: Warner says he's read Hagel's statement and in his 30 years on the committee, "I have never read a more carefully prepared statement, a more thoughtful statement " with "no hedges or deviations." Warner says it precisely lays out his goals and commitments as Secretary of Defense.
10:00 a.m.: Sen. John Warner, another former Chair of the committee is also giving an endorsement of Hagel. Says he wrote a prepared statement, but would rather "say a few words from the heart" instead.
9:54 a.m.: Nunn says Hagel's views aligns with the "mainstream." He raised his voice on "mainstream" as if to emphasize it as a counter to Inhofe's statement.
9:52 a.m.: Nunn: "Chuck received two Purple Hearts in Vietnam ... War for Chuck Hagel is not an abstraction."
9:50 a.m.: Sam Nunn, a former Chair of the Armed Services Committee, will introduce Hagel at the witness table.
9:49 a.m.: Inhofe finishes his opening statement by saying Hagel is "the wrong person to lead the Pentagon at this dangerous and perilous time."
9:46 a.m.: Inhofe says up front that he won't vote for Hagel. Says his foreign policy views are "deeply troubling and out of the mainstream" and based on "appeasing our adversaries while shunning our friends."
9:44 a.m.: Inhofe beings by complaining that Hagel didn't give them copies of all of his speeches that they had asked for as evidence.
9:43 a.m.: Despite the concerns that Levin mentions, he says Hagel is qualified before turning over to Ranking Member Jim Inhofe.
9:40 a.m.: Levin disagrees with Hagel on "unilateral" sanction on Irans. He also says (unlike Hagel has implied) that any negotiations with Iran must be "conditional."
9:37 a.m.: Levin reminds everyone that Hagel would be the first enlisted man and the first Vietnam veteran to become Secretary of Defense.
9:35 a.m.: Committee Chairman Carl Levin has brought the hearing to order, but mentions that his committee will hold Benghazi hearings next week.
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