On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes and attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. One plane crashed before reaching its target. 2,977 innocent people died. In the months following, Hagel and his staff stayed busy responding to the attacks. What would be the military and diplomatic response? What legislative needs rose from the attacks? Who was at fault? Following are some press documents and speeches from the Hagel Archives addressing these questions. Hagel's schedule was filled with meetings, briefings, interviews, and other appointments in response to 9-11. Learn more about this in our Life of a Senator exhibit.