This is a phoney issue. The real issue is that there are many Representatives & Senators afraid that he will close bases, and cancel contracts in their districts, as the "bloated" military is forced to downsize, because of budgetary cuts. They would prefer a SecDef who would fight for an even larger military like so many Republican "candidates" argued for.
Australian, Thai journalists acquitted of defaming Thai navy (AP)
from the article: Hagel: My record shows unequivocal, total support for Israel