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Was the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011.
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Gates to Leave Pentagon at End of June, Officials Say


Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to retire on June 30, a senior Pentagon official told Fox News -- a revelation that comes ahead of President Obama's expected announcement Thursday that CIA Director Leon Pannetta is replacing him as part of a broader shakeup in the president's national security team. The White House hopes to have Panetta confirmed before Gates steps down, the official said. Obama also plans to announce Thursday that Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will replace Panetta as CIA director, Lt. Gen. John Allen will replace Petraeus and diplomat Ryan ...


‘Stop loss’ breaks faith with troops, Robert Gates says


Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced on Wednesday that the Army is effectively halting “stop loss,” saying the practice was “breaking faith” with the troops. The Army Reserve will suspend the practice of ordering soldiers to stay in the military service beyond their obligation in August.The Army National Guard will follow suit in September, and the Army in January.Troops who were forced to stay beyond their obligation after October 2008 will receive an additional $500 monthly salary, Gates said.More than 13,000 soldiers are serving under the stop-loss program, up ...


Robert Gates confident as Bin Laden roves


Defense Secretary Robert Gates downplays US failure to capture al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden seven years after the 9/11 terror attacks.Gates fended off a question on how long it might really take to find Osama, recalling the FBI's 17-year hunt for convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski as a reasonable guide. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Gates dismissed criticisms casting doubt over the efficiency of the US-led invasion while bin Laden and his top aide Ayman al-Zawahri remain at large. ... Gates drew an analogy between bin Laden's hide-out and the mountain cabin in ...



 
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