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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Jan 8, 2014 — Press secretary Jay Carney responds to a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying disagreement is a welcome part of a "robust" policymaking process.
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Jan 8, 2014 — Also: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir is critical of the Obama White House; The Morning News' annual Tournament of Books announces its contestants; a new short story from Nicole Krauss.
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Jan 7, 2014 — In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates says the president was unsure the Afghan surge would work and was openly distrustful of military leaders. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he writes. The book is scheduled for release Jan. 14.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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