Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Jun 23, 2011 — President Obama's decision to withdraw all 33,000 surge troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer was another success for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a defeat for Gen. David Petraeus, according to Yochi Dreazen and Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic.
Jun 10, 2011 — Too many members in the 28-nation alliance are not contributing as much as they should, the outgoing secretary of defense says. A "two-tier" NATO is unacceptable, he says. And American taxpayers might soon get tired of supporting the organization.
Jun 2, 2011 — After the Iran and Afghanistan campaigns, the challenges presented by Iran, North Korea and others will remain, the soon-to-retire Pentagon chief says.
Jun 1, 2011 — "Peace is made between people who have been killing each other," the defense secretary says, and the Taliban is part of Afghanistan's political fabric.
May 18, 2011 — It's just supposition at this point, the defense secretary concedes. But he and other U.S. officials believe there were people in Pakistan who knew the al-Qaida leader was living there.
Apr 28, 2011 — President Obama chose officials as part of his national security team who should be easily confirmed by the Senate. They also have a familiar, Bush-era feel.
Apr 6, 2011 — Robert Gates visits Saudi Arabia; Italian leader fails to show at trial; Colorado wildfires; Texas A&M wins Women's NCAA basketball championship
Mar 31, 2011 — "We continue to degrade his military capabilities" and there's a good chance there will soon be "some cracking" in Moammar Gadhafi's military command, Gates says.
Mar 7, 2011 — While some U.S. policymakers continued to call for strong U.S.-led military action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, namely a no-fly zone, Obama officials kept resisting such demands, citing the difficulty.
Mar 7, 2011 — Libya rebels pushed back; Gates visits Afghanistan; snow in New York; Hawaii volcano