WASHINGTON (AP) - After 40 years of working for presidents from both parties, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's learned that it takes bipartisan support to succeed in national security and foreign affairs.
What worries Gates as he prepares to step down this month as Pentagon chief is how... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says abruptly ending the military's Don't ask, don't tell policy would have "enormous consequences" for the troops.
A day after a federal judge ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcement of its policy barring gays from openly serving in the military, Gates told reporters that the... more »
Thousands of Colorado Springs jobs depend upon the defense industry. No doubt, a shiver went through offices around the city Monday when Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a ten percent cut in the use of Defense and Homeland Security contractors next year.
Secretary Gates also announced the elimination of... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is rejecting a more forceful role for the military in plugging the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. Gates says the deep-water disaster is beyond the military's expertise.
Oil company BP is using its own equipment to try to stop the leak - equipment the U.S.... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke to cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs last week, but his visit wasn't made public until Monday.
The Defense Department says Gates visited the school on Friday.
A written release did not say why Gates visited or how long he... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has approved a series of changes in how the Pentagon implements the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.
The changes would make it harder to discharge a gay person for violating the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy by putting... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked for a wide-ranging study of the Pentagon's information operations and given officials just 15 days to complete it.
The review comes amid a separate Pentagon investigation into whether an official hired private contractors to run an off-the-books spy operation for tracking suspected insurgents... more »
An Air Force colonel assigned to the U.S. Northern Command has been nominated for promotion to brigadier general.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the nomination this week for Col. Kenneth E. Todorov. Todorov is executive officer to the commander of Northcom, which oversees the U.S. military's homeland defense and... more »