Colin Powell in a previous appearance. Courtesy Meet the Press. Colin Powell in a previous appearance. (Courtesy Meet the Press.)

Former secretary of state Colin Powell will make the case for Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary on Sunday's "Meet the Press."  

Powell endorsed Hagel the day President Obama announced that he had nominated the former Nebraska senator. 

"Chuck displays his courage in many ways," Powell said. "You can always count on him to analyze a difficult situation and take a position that reflects his best judgment. I believe that more than ever we need that kind of independent and bold leader who thinks in and out of the box."

Powell's seal of approval likely won't do much to sway Republican senators who are opposed to Hagel's nomination, but he could help the White House win over some Democrats who have yet to take a side