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UPDATE: President Obama nominates John Brennan CIA director and Chuck Hagel secretary of defense

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Then US Democratic presidental candidate Barack Obama (right) shares a laugh with US Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as they tour the Citadel on July 22, 2008.

UPDATE 10:48 a.m.: President Barack Obama on Monday tapped White House homeland security adviser John Brennan as his nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. He also announced the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel and secretary of defense.

Obama appeared with Brennan and Hagel in the East Room of the White House to announce the nominations. 

Brennan is a 25-year veteran of the CIA and among Obama's closest advisers. Obama called him a friend. The president praised Brennan as one of the most skilled and respected intelligence professionals.

Obama says Brennan and Hagel, whom the president nominated to lead the Pentagon at the same event, understand that "the work of protecting our nation is never done."

Their posts requires Senate confirmation.

PREVIOUSLY: President Obama will announce Monday that he will nominate counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to be secretary of defense, according to multiple media reports.

RELATED: Obama to name nominees for CIA director, secretary of defense

We will carry the announcement live on 89.3 FM, on the KPCC live stream over the Internet and you can view the live video below.

It is set to begin at 10:05 a.m. PST.

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