Tag Archives: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

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 …

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McChrystal Finds Latest WikiLeaks Releases ‘Sad’

The release on Friday of some 400,000 classified documents related to the Iraq war by the website WikiLeaks has brought out a range of emotions from national security leaders. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, speaking at the Daily Beast Innovators Summit in New Orleans, called the leaks “sad,” CBS News reports. …

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Carter: Lack of Competition in Bid Process

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, the Defense Department’s acquisitions chief Ashton Carter sketched out the details of his plan to restructure acquisitions, including increasing competition on contract bids. “Competition is the single, most powerful tool to drive productivity,” said Carter, who serves as undersecretary of defense …

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Showdown at JFCOM Hearings?

When top Defense Department officials testify before Senate and House panels this week about the closing of the Joint Forces Command, Virginia lawmakers hope the hearings will shed light on what they have characterized as a murky process. The Senate and House Armed Services Committees will hear testimony from a …

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to be Held at Pentagon Memorial

This Saturday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and President Barack Obama will speak at a ceremony on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The event will be held at the Pentagon Memorial and is for friends and family members …

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Federal Partners Need Adequate Funding, Says Gates

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stressed the importance of adequate funding for federal partners that assist military efforts Thursday night at the Marines’ Memorial Association George P. Shultz lecture series in California. Gates explained agencies such as the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are “woefully underfunded” …

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Mattis Assumes Command of CENTCOM

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday presided over Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis’ assumption of command from Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, who had been acting commander since Army Gen. David H. Petraeus left the command to lead NATO operations in Afghanistan. “General Mattis is one of the …

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US Joint Forces Command Releases Response to Gates’ Announcement

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today a series of efficiencies initiatives that included several cost-cutting methods in which the department could free up money in its budgets for force structure and modernization. One of the major suggestions included in Gates’ proposals was his recommendation to eliminate the U.S. Joint …

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Gates Releases Efficiencies Initiatives

In continuation of the Department of Defense’s strive toward financial efficiency, Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday a series of legislative initiatives designed to reduce overhead, duplication and excess in DoD to instill a future of savings and restraint for the department. The initiatives come after Gates’ request in May …

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Senate Confirms Mattis as Head of Central Command

Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis was unanimously confirmed by the Senate yesterday as new commander of U.S. Central Command. Mattis was recommended by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and will succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who is now commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. His most …

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