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Panetta to Lead U.S. Delegation to NATO Defense Ministerial

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will continue in his position until former Sen. Chuck Hagel is confirmed, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a tweet released yesterday.

The Senate will not consider Hagel’s nomination to be the next defense secretary until it returns from recess Feb. 26.

Panetta will lead the U.S. delegation to the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels next week. Obama administration officials had expected Hagel to be confirmed in time to lead that effort.

When he announced he was leaving the department, Panetta said he would serve until his successor was confirmed.

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