Former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelPentagon withholding nuclear weapons inspection results: report Lobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? MORE is being vetted for top security posts in the Obama administration, according to a report.

Foreign Policy magazine reported on Wednesday that the Nebraska Republican is being vetted for secretary of State or Defense.

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Hagel, a centrist on foreign policy, has expressed support for some of the Obama administration's recent national security policies.

Foreign Policy noted that Hagel has also been an outspoken critic of some of former President George W. Bush's policies on national security. He called the war in Iraq "an absolute replay of Vietnam."

Even after he left the Senate, Hagel has continued to weigh in on politics. He has criticized the Republican Party as being in the hands of the "extreme right" and said former President Reagan "would be stunned by the party today."

Just after the 2012 presidential election, Hagel, who is the chairman of the Atlantic Council, said that the current political environment was more conducive to deal-making than in past years.

"I think also because Barack ObamaBarack ObamaUS-Russian relations should move away from politics and move towards diplomacy Maxine Waters is joking about 2020 — but not about Trump How Florida explains our polarized politics MORE will not stand for an election again — at least he says he won't — that takes the political tension out of this to some extent," Hagel said. "There's always political tension and that's good, but that gives him more latitude, Republicans more latitude to finding a solution."

Hagel endorsed Democrat Bob Kerrey over Republican Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate panel won’t vote on bill to boost ethanol GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait Humane Society pushes bills to connect wounded vets, service dogs MORE in the Nebraska Senate race to replace outgoing Sen. Ben Nelson (D). The endorsement was a coup for Kerrey, as Hagel remains particularly influential in his home state. Fischer won the Senate seat.

Consideration of Hagel, who currently is the co-chairman of Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board, comes as top Republicans are expressing strong opposition to the possibility of Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice succeeding Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMueller asks WH staff to preserve all documents about Trump Jr. meeting: report OPINION | Hey Dems, Russia won't define 2018, so why not fix your party's problems instead? Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. represented spy agency: report MORE as secretary of State when Clinton steps down. Sen. John KerryJohn KerrySenators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump Budowsky: Dems need council of war MORE (D-Mass.) has also been mentioned as a possible nominee to succeed Clinton, and for the top Defense Department slot.

If Hagel did become secretary of Defense, he would not be the first Republican in that position to serve Obama. Bob Gates, also a Republican, served as Obama's first secretary of Defense. Ray LaHood, a former GOP congressman, serves as Obama's transportation secretary. 


This post was updated at 5:57 p.m.