Biden 'undecided' about 2016 White House run

Biden 'undecided' about 2016 White House run

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he still hasn't decided whether to make another run for the White House in 2014.
Bob Gates' 'Duty'

Bob Gates' 'Duty'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Last week's release of Bob Gates' "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" was preceded by his publisher's brilliant public relations campaign hyping the book with tantalizingly provocative excerpts.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

The commander in chief

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. commanders in chief need to hold subordinates accountable for answering the question of “What next?” as a critical step in ensuring strategic success.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Canada to loan Australia armored vehicles

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Canada will loan Australia three Canadian armored vehicles for use by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan for additional protection against improvised explosive devices.

Defense deputy won't stay on

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England said Tuesday he will not serve in the Obama administration.

Commentary: Wilderness of mirrors

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- "Every lie contains a truth and every truth contains a lie" is a safe rule of thumb when Shakespeare's powers of observation are applied to the Middle East. With each shake of the kaleidoscope, the configuration of the key players becomes a wilderness of mirrors.

Commentary: Testosterone Slump

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- America’s European allies have fallen into the paralyzing embrace of appeasement. Only one German parliamentarian out of 613 openly favors putting German troops in Afghanistan in harm’s way. The Bush administration’s appeals for more European troops fall on deaf ears. Europeans do not believe democracy is attainable in Afghanistan, which is now seen as a failed narco-state. They also blame Iraq for the current geopolitical dilemma.

Commentary: Pakistan's Terror Inc.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Do most terrorist trails track back to Pakistan? That was the conclusion of Britain’s MI5, the internal intelligence service.

Gates sworn in as defense secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Robert Gates has formally taken over as U.S. secretary of defense, becoming the 22nd man to hold the job.
Bob Gates

Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) is a retired civil servant and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Prior to this, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush as Director of Central Intelligence. Immediately after being recruited by the CIA, he also served as an officer in the United States Air Force. After leaving the CIA, Gates became president of Texas A&M University and was a member of several corporate boards. Gates also served as a member of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan commission co-chaired by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, that has studied the Iraq War. He was also the first pick to serve as the first Director of National Intelligence (DNI), but he declined the appointment in order to remain President of Texas A&M University.

Gates accepted the nomination for Secretary of Defense on November 8, 2006, replacing Donald Rumsfeld. He was confirmed with bipartisan support. In a 2007 profile written by former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, Time named Gates one of the year's most influential people. In 2008, Gates was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. He continued to serve as Secretary of Defense in President Barack Obama's administration. Gates announced in August 2010 that he planned to retire in 2011, and President Barack Obama announced in April 2011 that he would be replaced by CIA director Leon Panetta. “He’ll be remembered for making us aware of the danger of over-reliance on military intervention as an instrument of American foreign policy,” said former Senator David L. Boren. Gates was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, by President Obama during his retirement ceremony. On September 6th, 2011, Gates was named to be 24th Chancellor of The College of William and Mary; he succeeds Sandra Day O'Connor upon the completion of her term in February, 2012.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Gates attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the BSA as an adult. He graduated from Wichita High School East in 1961. Gates is also a Vigil Honor member within the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society.

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