Defense chief makes new appointments to policy board

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced the appointment of 11 members to his Defense Policy Board, including former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, an outspoken Republican critic of the Iraq war.

Hagel will join two former lawmakers on the board, former Reps. Dave McCurdy, D-Okla., and Vin Weber, R-Minn. Also joining the board will be retired Gen. Larry Welch, former Air Force chief of staff; former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, senior adviser on national security issues during President Obama's election campaign; former Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy DeLeon, a former staff director of the House Armed Services Committee now with the Center for American Progress and leading the review of the National Security Personnel System; and retired Army Lt. Col. Andrew Krepinevich, head of the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

The board provides Pentagon leaders with "independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy," according to a Defense Department statement released Wednesday.

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