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Robert Gates in June 2011 during his final official news conference as secretary of defense.
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January 13, 2014 The former secretary of defense also tells NPR that he fears extended tours of duty in war zones contributed to a rise in suicides among military personnel.
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Robert Gates in June 2011, his last month as secretary of defense.
January 13, 2014 In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief and his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden, and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young Cabinet.
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