Robert M. Gates, a Cold War veteran selected to remain as defense secretary, has won bipartisan praise for his pragmatism and handling of the Pentagon amid two wars.
Michael Gerson discusses the tactics of Gen. David Petaeus.
Gen. David Petraeus has created a broad new agenda that echoes many of the sentiments expressed by Barack Obama, while seemingly strayingaway from the close military relationship that once paired him with President George W. Bush.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ realism and the success of the Gates Doctrine has helped put at least one aspect of US foreign policy back on course, says Michael Gerson.
The departing head of Central Command was wrong about the surge, argues Max Boot.
Watch J. Michael McConnell, director of national security, discuss the changing role of the national intelligence community in the post Cold War era.
Listen to J. Michael McConnell, director of national security, discuss the changing role of the national intelligence community in the post Cold War era.
Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry reflects on significant US foreign policy issues of his tenure, including Iran, Iraq, and nation-building.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the Bush administration’s nominee for defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, who signaled he is open to new approaches in improving conditions in Iraq.
General Tommy Franks speaks on how victory, specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan, should be defined.
President Bush’s choice of Robert M. Gates to head the Defense Department has raised expectations of a new course on Iraq, or at least a change in tone on how to handle the administration’s security challenges.
Retired Marine Lieut. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, who has coauthored a book on the planning for the Iraq war, says that departing Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld will probably leave a “negative legacy” as a result of his insistence on refusing military requests to plan adequately for the chaos that arose in Iraq.
Gary G. Sick, a prominent expert on Iran, worked with Robert M. Gates in the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. He says the nomination of Gates to replace Donald M. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense marks a moment of “real change” for the administration of George W. Bush.
The first change to follow the Democrats’ midterm victory in Congress is a major one—the resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
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