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Former Defense Secretary Gates signs two-book dealupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 18:15:00

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed a two-book deal with Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the company said Tuesday.

Blazing sun, noisy jets fail to spoil official farewell for Gatesupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 14:52:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a career civil servant who has advised eight presidents over four decades, turned to his wife at the Pentagon's official farewell ceremony Thursday and said "Becky, we're really going home this time."

Mullen: Must continue to pursue Pakistanupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 10:34:00

Adm. Mullen says the U.S. needs to continue to pursue its relationship with Pakistan or it will become very dangerous.

Gates makes good on promise to end controversial 'stop loss' policyupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 14:46:00

From nearly the beginning of his tenure as secretary of defense, Robert Gates set his sights on ending a controversial practice in the U.S. Army known as "stop loss." Wednesday he announced he's done it.

Gates warns of 'dismal future' for NATO without urgent changesupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 08:14:00

Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says NATO has become a "two-tiered" alliance poorly equipped to deal with challenges, and with members either unable or unwilling to carry out agreed missions in Afghanistan and Libya.

4 NATO service members killed in Afghanistan; Gates visitsupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 16:14:00

Four NATO service members were killed Saturday when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, but this didn't stop U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates from touting security strides that could help coalition and Afghan forces turn "a corner" in the fight against militants.

Gates probable last visit to Kabulupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 16:11:00

U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates visits Kabul, Afghanistan, maybe for the last time. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

Robert Gates warns of possible clashes in the South China Seaupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 03:13:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday warned that clashes could occur in the South China Sea if nations in the area do not agree on ways to deal with disputes.

U.S. military needs flexibility due to poor predictions, Gates saysupdated: Tue May 24 2011 16:47:00

With just weeks before he bids farewell to Washington, Defense Secretary Robert Gates Tuesday fired off a final barrage in the budget battles, saying keeping quiet would be "managerial cowardice."

Gates: 'Ultimate insider' changed the Pentagon like no otherupdated: Sun May 01 2011 08:57:00

For a man who considered himself "the ultimate insider" in Washington, Robert Gates made no secret of his desire to become an outsider.

Obama selects Panetta for defense secretary, Petraeus for CIAupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 06:56:00

In the most extensive reshaping of the Obama administration's national security team to date, the president will name Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary, top U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Gates: U.S. to use Predator drones in Libyaupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 19:17:00

President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drones in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

Gates hopes 'the pay keeps flowing'updated: Fri Apr 08 2011 17:32:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells servicemen in Iraq what will happen if the government shuts down at midnight Friday.

Gates: Obama followed War Powers Actupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 06:28:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells congress the action taken in Libya complies with the War Powers Act.

Gates says trip to Iraq will likely be his lastupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 06:28:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Baghdad that his current visit to Iraq will probably be his last.

U.S. defense secretary stops in Iraqupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 17:41:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Baghdad Wednesday night to meet with U.S. forces and Iraqi government leaders.

Gates, Mullen face hostile Libya questionsupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 10:04:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday defended the administration's decision to intervene in Libya, arguing that military action was necessary to prevent a humanitarian disaster that could have sparked a refugee crisis while potentially destabilizing Egypt, Tunisia and the broader Middle East.

Gen. Ham: We will not arm Libyan rebelsupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 23:13:00

The commander of the U.S. mission in Africa discusses a few details of the coalition effort in Libya.

Libya looms over Gates' latest trekupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 23:13:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates stepped out of a helicopter at Amman Airport in Jordan. He smiled at his staff and the cameras, raised his hands and said, "Let's go home."

Robert Gates visits Israel amid terrorupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 06:50:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, condemning recent terrorist acts.

Gates meets with Israeli, Palestinian PMsupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 06:50:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates conferred with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers on Friday, a visit that comes amid new tensions between both sides.

Gates arrives in Egypt for talksupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 08:47:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Egypt on Wednesday afternoon in his first visit to the country since protests forced longtime U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak to step down as Egyptian president.

Reporter's notebook: Gates makes big noise in Russia, but not on Libyaupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 12:23:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates did not speak about Libya during public events in St. Petersburg on Monday, while being kept briefed in private about developments in the U.S. and military action there.

Gates: 'Not have the preeminent role'updated: Mon Mar 21 2011 05:46:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses the Libya operation and the goals set by the U.N. Security Council.

Gates warns against widening Libya missionupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 05:46:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday the Libyan operation is off to "a strong and successful start" but he warned against widening the goals of the mission beyond what was spelled out in the United Nations Security Council resolution.

Gates travels to Russiaupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 12:26:00

The Pentagon announced Friday that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will travel to Russia this weekend.

Gates in southern Afghanistan as two-day trip continuesupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 02:35:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan Tuesday morning as he continued his two-day trip to the country, meeting with senior officers and Afghan leaders.

Gates: I'm sorry for civilian casualtiesupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 14:45:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates apologizes for the civilian casualties in Kunar, Afghanistan, over the weekend.

Gates apologizes for latest civilian deaths in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 14:45:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday offered his personal apology to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for the killings of nine Afghan boys last week in a NATO-led helicopter attack targeting insurgents, saying the incident "breaks our hearts."

Defense secretary warns against fighting more ground warsupdated: Sat Feb 26 2011 06:37:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in what he said is his final address to the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, warned Friday against the United States getting involved in another major land battle.

Gates: Closing Gitmo unlikelyupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 16:21:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the prospects for closing Guantano Bay are "very very low."

Gates: Prospects for closing Guantanamo 'very, very low'updated: Thu Feb 17 2011 16:21:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday that congressional opposition makes the likelihood of closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "very, very low."

Inspector general: Endless report writing cramps diplomats, militaryupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 19:12:00

The nation's military and diplomats are drowning in paper. Officials at both the Department of Defense and State Departments are complaining about reports, both internal and congressionally mandated, that are too long, too expensive and too easy to ignore.

Gates: U.S. forces in Japan critical to Asia securityupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 08:49:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that the presence of American forces in Japan is critical to meet security challenges in Asia amid the tension in the Korean Peninsula.

Robert Gates in Chinaupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 06:00:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Beijing for talks amid concern over China's military. CNN's Stan Grant reports.

With Gates in the country, China stealth fighter takes first flightupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 06:00:00

China took its latest powerful toy, a new stealth fighter jet, out for its first test spin Tuesday, leading U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to wonder whether the flight was scheduled to coincide with his visit.

Gates: North Korea could have long-range missile within 5 yearsupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 20:31:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Tuesday that North Korea is becoming a direct threat to the United States, asserting that the rogue Communist regime is within five years of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Gates in Beijing to build on military tiesupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 02:38:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates held talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Monday on the first stop of his weeklong trip to Asia.

Still unclear when military policy on gays could changeupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 18:12:00

Congress may have repealed the Don't Ask-Don't Tell law last month but it's still anyone's guess when the Pentagon actually will change its ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.

Defense secretary announces billions in budget cutsupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 19:19:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates staged a pre-emptive attack Thursday in Washington's looming budget battles, announcing cuts of $78 billion to the U.S. military and defense department, including reducing the size of the Army and Marine Corps.

Gates: Military cuts necessaryupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 19:19:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says cuts in the military budget are necessary to eliminate wasteful spending.

Gates tells troops 'don't ask, don't tell' is still in effectupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 08:55:00

Despite President Barack Obama's signing of a law repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a memo to troops warning them that it remains in effect until 60 days after the government certifies that the military is ready for implementation.

Gates sees problems if Senate blocks repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'updated: Fri Dec 10 2010 17:35:00

Failing to repeal the law prohibiting openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military leaves the services vulnerable to the possibility the courts will order an immediate and likely chaotic end to the policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Friday.

Gates not optimistic for quick repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'updated: Thu Dec 09 2010 05:20:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he was "not particularly optimistic" that Congress would soon repeal the "don't ask, don' tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian personnel from the military.

Senate committee takes up 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'updated: Thu Dec 02 2010 06:03:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and the co-authors of a report backing a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will testify Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Key week looms for military policy that bans gays from serving openlyupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 18:21:00

One of the most bitterly contested issues facing the soon-to-be adjourned Congress will take center stage next week when military leadership is called to testify about repealing the military prohibition on gay troops serving openly.

Military readying report on 'don't ask, don't tell'updated: Mon Nov 22 2010 17:15:00

The heads of the military services are preparing their final advice to Defense Secretary Robert Gates about how a repeal of don't ask, don't tell will impact their troops and officers.

High Court: Gay ban stays for nowupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 19:06:00

The Supreme Court orders that "Don't ask, don't tell" remain in effect, temporarily. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Gates apologizes for Afghan-Pakistani border incidentupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 12:38:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates apologized to a Pakistani general Wednesday for the recent deaths of Pakistani border guards in a U.S. helicopter strike, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Gates: Leaked documents don't reveal key intel, but risks remainupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 08:25:00

The online leak of thousands of secret military documents from the war in Afghanistan by the website WikiLeaks did not disclose any sensitive intelligence sources or methods, the Department of Defense concluded.

Gates: NATO cybersecurity policies are 'inadequate'updated: Thu Oct 14 2010 10:28:00

NATO faces serious new cybersecurity threats, according to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and the alliance should invest in new programs to "remedy these weaknesses."

Gates: U.S. hails steps for maritime 'code of conduct'updated: Tue Oct 12 2010 07:47:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the United States is pleased that nations in the South China Sea region are "making initial steps" to develop a code of conduct over competing maritime territorial claims.

Gates: U.S. assumes son will succeed North Korean leaderupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 13:59:00

The United States anticipates that the youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il will succeed his ailing father, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

Gates could meet Chinese counterpart next weekupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 17:03:00

The U.S. secretary of defense could meet with his Chinese counterpart during meetings in Vietnam next week, the Pentagon's spokesman said Tuesday.

Gates: U.S., allies making 'slow, tough progress' in Afghan warupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 17:50:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday he believes the United States and its allies are making "slow, tough progress" in Afghanistan.

Gates and Mullen react to Woodward bookupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 17:26:00

Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen react to Bob Woodward's book exposing Afghan policy decisions.

Gates lifts veil on retirement, but date is an open questionupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 17:26:00

He wants to leave next year. That much he has said. But former spy chief and current Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been coy about the "when."

Gates, French minister agree on Afghan war surge strategyupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 16:33:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday there are already indications the surge strategy in Afghanistan is working.

Gates, Russian minister meet after military relations hit 'low point'updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 23:43:00

Meeting for the first time since relations hit what an official called a "low point" after Russia clashed with the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the heads of the world's two most powerful militaries had "very productive" meetings covering a wide range of topics Wednesday.

Gates outlines plans to reduce costly contractsupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 16:38:00

The Department of Defense will implement immediate changes to make its costly contract spending more effective and less wasteful, as part of the Defense Secretary Robert Gates' goal of reducing spending by $100 billion over the next five years.

Sec. Gates arrives in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 16:02:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives in Kabul where he is scheduled to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Gates: U.S. won't 'be fighting this fight' in Afghanistan indefinitelyupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 16:02:00

The American people need to know that American troops will not still be fighting in Afghanistan in 2025, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said, but the United States' relationship with that country will be a long-term one.

Gates marks end of Operation Iraqi Freedom with emotion and warningupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:13:00

Just hours before the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Defense Secretary Robert Gates grew emotional when discussing the toll it has taken on American men and women in uniform.

Gates wants to retire in 2011updated: Tue Aug 17 2010 09:36:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to leave his post in the spring of 2011, a senior administration source told CNN on Monday.

Gates: Military cuts plannedupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 08:30:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed Monday that he has proposed eliminating the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Cutting Pentagon waste is wise -- and braveupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 08:30:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to limit Pentagon spending is not only smart and necessary, it's also politically brave, according to analyst Fareed Zakaria.

Gates rearranges Defense budget, starting in his own officeupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 19:37:00

When Defense Secretary Robert Gates looked for billions of dollars in budget savings, he began right in his own office.

Gates proposes cutting Joint Forces command from defense budgetupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 06:41:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced some far-reaching proposals Monday for restructuring the massive budget at his agency, including getting rid of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Gates: Posting classified war documents was morally wrongupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 13:09:00

It is up to the Justice Department to determine if there will be criminal charges in the release of classified military documents by WikiLeaks, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday the website is morally guilty for putting lives at risk.

WikiLeaks founder 'disappointed' by Gates' remarksupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 11:51:00

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday that he was disappointed by criticism from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates over the release of about 76,000 pages of U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan.

U.S. to resume ties with once-notorious Indonesian military unitupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 08:56:00

The United States will resume ties with the once-notorious Indonesian special forces after more than a decade-long ban, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in Jakarta Thursday.

Gates explains media relations rulesupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 15:28:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen explain comments regarding troops engaging with the media.

Gates defends rules governing military's interaction with mediaupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 15:28:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that new rules governing interaction between members of the press and the military are a result of "flat out sloppy" media relations efforts on the part of military officials in recent years.

Gates tightens control over military interaction with reportersupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 13:45:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday ordered a tightening of controls over military interaction with reporters.

Pentagon eyes $100 billion in savings by trimming overheadupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 18:32:00

The Pentagon is out to save $100 billion over the next five years in a major push to cut overhead costs, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates: spending issue could cause veto of 'don't ask, don't tell' billupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 13:13:00

President Barack Obama would veto a military bill that contains spending for programs he opposes, even if the measure also included a provision to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Gates prods Congress on war fundingupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 16:26:00

Military operations will need to be reduced for the rest of the year unless Congress approves additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned senators Wednesday.

Gates blames Chinese military for rocky relationshipupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 21:29:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates accused the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) of being behind recent cooling of relations between China and American military leaders.

Gates lukewarm to 'don't ask, don't tell' dealupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:39:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a lukewarm endorsement Tuesday of a Democratic plan to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

'Don't ask, don't tell' may be repealedupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:39:00

CNN's Barbara Starr looks at plans to vote to repeal a policy that restricts gays and lesbians in the military.

Gates gives lukewarm backing for 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal planupdated: Tue May 25 2010 18:56:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates issued a lukewarm endorsement Tuesday of a newly unveiled Democratic plan to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Gates wants veto of defense spending bill if unwanted projects remainupdated: Thu May 20 2010 20:22:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he will urge President Obama to veto a coming $726 billion defense authorization bill if it contains funding for unwanted projects Gates has been trying to cut for years.

Gates: Pentagon must cut overhead, restrain spendingupdated: Sun May 09 2010 13:52:00

The Pentagon must hold down its spending and make choices that will anger "powerful people" in an era of economic strain, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a weekend speech in Kansas.

Gates against changing 'don't ask don't tell' until reviewupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 22:49:00

The secretary of defense is warning Congress not to change the rules about gays in the military until the Pentagon has reviewed the impact of repealing the laws on the force.

Pentagon faces hurdles in 'don't ask, don't tell' studyupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 11:52:00

As the Pentagon tries to move forward with studying the effects of repealing the ban on openly gay troops serving in the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is finding hurdles at almost every corner.

'Don't ask, don't tell' dissentupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 11:52:00

A three-star general is under fire for challenging the plan to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Gates eases ban on gays in the militaryupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 08:30:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday that the Pentagon will start to ease its enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

Gates: Early pullout reliant on 'conditions' in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 07:58:00

After surveying training camps in eastern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates hinted Wednesday that U.S. troops could be leaving earlier than the announced July 2011 troop withdrawal date.

Gates in Afghanistan on unannounced visitupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 04:13:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan on Monday morning on an unannounced visit, as NATO-led coalition forces are pressing an offensive in the nation's south.

Gates outlines study on letting gays serve openly in the militaryupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 21:06:00

A Pentagon study on how to implement a plan to allow gays to serve openly in the military, "can only be successful if it is managed in a way that minimizes disruption to a force engaged in combat operations," according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gays in the military: Two viewsupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 21:06:00

Blunt talk from service members and those who won't compromise in order to join military. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Gates on U.S. terror trialsupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 12:56:00

Arizona Senator John McCain and Defense Secretary Robert Gates spar over interrogation methods and U.S. terror trials.

Gates: Pentagon preparing repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' policyupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 14:09:00

The Pentagon has taken the first steps toward repealing the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian service members, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Gates seeks to change 'out of date' vision of military challengesupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 19:44:00

Preparing the U.S. military to fight two major conventional wars is "out of date" and does not reflect the numerous challenges U.S. military forces could face in the future, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday.

'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal?updated: Thu Jan 28 2010 20:52:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is set to make an announcement on "don't ask, don't tell." CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Gates: Report shows military isn't prepared for internal threatsupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 20:46:00

The U.S. military has inadequate and outdated defenses against internal threats, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday after reviewing a Pentagon report examining the Fort Hood shooting last year.

Fort Hood report raises questions about handling internal threatsupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 13:29:00

The U.S. military has inadequate and outdated defenses against internal threats, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday after reviewing a Pentagon report examining the Fort Hood shooting last year.

Bush holdover Gates agrees to another year with Obamaupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 14:28:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the lone holdover from the Bush administration, has decided to stay on the job for at least another year, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Gates to stay as defense chief at least another yearupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 08:42:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will continue in that position in the Obama administration for at least another year, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

Intriguing people for January 8, 2010updated: Fri Jan 08 2010 08:33:00

Robert Gates The Secretary of Defense will continue in that position in the Obama administration for at least another year, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. "Secretary Gates met with the president just before Christmas and gave him a commitment to stay on the job for at least another year," Geoff Morrell, deputy assistant secretary of defense and Pentagon press secretary, told CNN. Gates served as Secretary of Defense in the last two years of the Bush administration and stayed on in the post when President Obama took office. According to his biography, Gates is the only defense secretary in U.S. history to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected president. Gates once served as president of Texas A&M University.

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