Search Results for: "Robert M. Gates"

Robert M. Gates

Gates is the 22nd secretary of defense for the Department of Defense. He is the only secretary of defense who has ever been asked to remain in office by a new president. Prior to this position, Gates was president of Texas A&M University. Before that, he was the interim dean …

Read More »

Robert Gates: Key to Solving Sequestration is Compromise

Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in a panel Monday that to solve sequestration, both political parties should act like adults and compromise, the Washington Post reports. Speaking at an event co-sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Gates added “reducing defense alone does not solve the …

Read More »

DoD Space Program Expands International Partnerships

The Defense Department announced Tuesday it is expanding partnerships with space-faring companies and nations to maintain the country’s strategic advantage in space, AFPS reports. Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, spoke with reporters from the Defense Writers Group about the future of both the …

Read More »

New Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Addresses DoD on His First Day

In a letter to the Department of Defense on his first day as the new defense secretary, former CIA Director Leon Panetta assured the president, U.S. troops and the department’s civilian employees that he would lead the DoD’s mission to protect U.S. citizens and the country’s interests around the world. …

Read More »

Panetta Has Work Cut out at Pentagon

Soon-to-be Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has his work cut out for him. While current Secretary Robert M. Gates, who retires at the end of the week, has earned accolades for making a dent in many of the important issues facing the Defense Department, others remain. Gates said recently that when …

Read More »

Gates as Pentagon Change Agent: Low-key, but Crucial

When Robert M. Gates was named defense secretary at the end of 2006, the former CIA chief was thrust into the midst of the debate about sending more troops to quell the insurgency in Iraq. Now, after serving longer in his Pentagon post than all but four of his predecessors …

Read More »

Panetta, Pentagon Prepare for Old Switcharoo

Following the unanimous vote in the Senate yesterday to approve CIA Director Leon Panetta as the next defense secretary, the Pentagon is preparing for the top transition as Robert Gates retires at the end of the month. DoD has launched a transition team headed by Marcel Lettre, principal deputy assistant …

Read More »