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Hagel: ‘There are a lot of things I don’t know about’ Defense Department issues [VIDEO]

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Former Republican Nebraska Sen. and nominee for secretary of defense Chuck Hagel admitted Thursday that he just doesn’t know all that much about a lot of Defense Department issues.

“A number of questions were asked of me today about specific programs: submarine programs, different areas of technology and acquisitions, and our superior technology,” he said during his confirmation hearing. “And I’ve said, I don’t know enough about it. I don’t. There are a lot of things I don’t know about. If confirmed, I intend to know a lot more than I do. I will have to.”

Hagel also suggested he would not be “running anything” by himself as head of the Defense Department, saying instead that he will depend on the advice of “the right people.”

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