After less than two years at the helm of the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel resigned. Some observers say he was pressured to leave because he disagreed with the administration’s strategy toward Iraq and Syria. Others argue he was charged with downsizing the military and completing the president’s “pivot” to Asia but was distracted by emerging national security threats he was unprepared to manage. Given the changing international security environment, what should be the top priorities of his successor?
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