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.”