Hagel officially approved as Sec. of Defense
Updated: Tuesday, February 26 2013, 10:53 PM EST
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Late Tuesday afternoon, the Senate gave Chuck Hagel the nod to be the nation's next Defense Secretary.
Republicans had opposed Hagel, questioning his support with Israel and claiming he was too willing to compromise with Iran.
However, four Republicans ultimately joined Democrats in approving his nomination.
Hagel will succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who's stepping down after four years as CIA Director and Pentagon Chief.