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A Conversation w/ Former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel

October 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

The National Interest Foundation invites you to attend a lunch discussion event with former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former U.S. Senator, The Honorable Chuck Hagel, regarding American Engagement in the Middle East.


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The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Former U.S. Senator



Bruce Fein, Law Offices of Bruce Fein


About our Speaker: 

The Honorable Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He Chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Previously, Secretary Hagel was Co-Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, Chairman of the Atlantic Council, and a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University. He served as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board and Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nuclear Power, Systemic Risk Council Board of Directors. Hagel also served as Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit) and Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration under President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Commissioner General of the 1982 World’s Fair.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980’s, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. He was President and CEO of the World USO and Private Sector Council (PSC).

Some of Hagel’s current commitments include service on the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors; Board of Trustees of RAND; Advisory Board of Corsair Capital; Senior Advisor to the McCarthy Group; Centennial Scholar, Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service; Distinguished Scholar, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; Board of Directors of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Board of Trustees of the United States Capitol Historical Society; Director and Co-Founding Member of the American Security Project; Advisory Board Chairman of the HillVets Veterans Organization; and Chairman of the Veterans Justice Commission.

He is the author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter. He and his brother Tom are the subjects of a 2018 book by General Daniel Bolger entitled, Our Year of War. Hagel is also the subject of a 2006 book by Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have a daughter (Allyn) and son (Ziller).


About our Moderator: 

Bruce Fein was associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan, counsel to the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran, and senior policy advisor to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. Mr. Fein is a constitutional and international lawyer, and author of “American Empire Before The Fall.” He has testified before Congress on more than 200 occasions.


Note: additional speakers may be announced later.

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