June 23, 2011 President Obama's decision to withdraw all 33,000 surge troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer was another success for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a defeat for Gen. David Petraeus, according to Yochi Dreazen and Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic.
June 10, 2011 Too many members in the 28-nation alliance are not contributing as much as they should, the outgoing secretary of defense says. A "two-tier" NATO is unacceptable, he says. And American taxpayers might soon get tired of supporting the organization.
May 18, 2011 It's just supposition at this point, the defense secretary concedes. But he and other U.S. officials believe there were people in Pakistan who knew the al-Qaida leader was living there.
April 28, 2011 President Obama chose officials as part of his national security team who should be easily confirmed by the Senate. They also have a familiar, Bush-era feel.
April 6, 2011 Robert Gates visits Saudi Arabia; Italian leader fails to show at trial; Colorado wildfires; Texas A&M wins Women's NCAA basketball championship
March 31, 2011 "We continue to degrade his military capabilities" and there's a good chance there will soon be "some cracking" in Moammar Gadhafi's military command, Gates says.
March 7, 2011 While some U.S. policymakers continued to call for strong U.S.-led military action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, namely a no-fly zone, Obama officials kept resisting such demands, citing the difficulty.
March 7, 2011 Libya rebels pushed back; Gates visits Afghanistan; snow in New York; Hawaii volcano
January 27, 2011 The Pentagon is on the verge of a budget crisis and the blame lies with the Congress, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters during an interview Wednesday.
January 11, 2011 Of concern: The possibility of North Korea developing a nuclear weapon and a long-range capability.
January 11, 2011 Rep. Gabrielle Giffords condition; Hillary Clinton in Yemen; Gates say North Korea poses direct threat; new Australian flooding
January 6, 2011 As Defense Secretary Robert Gates announces new cost-cutting measures, the news from China of its efforts to produce a stealth fighter reminds world of its bid to transform its military.
December 16, 2010 The administration's latest review of operations in Afghanistan concludes there has been progress, but that conditions remain fragile.