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October 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
Absorbing the lessons of a troubled war, U.S. military officials have begun an intense debate over proposals for a sweeping reorganization of the Army to address shortcomings that have plagued the force in Iraq and to abandon some war-fighting principles that have prevailed since the Cold War. On one side of the widening debate are officers who want many Army units to become specialized, so that entire units or even divisions are dedicated to training foreign militaries.
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September 27, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered U.S. military commanders in Iraq to crack down on any abuses they uncover by private security contractors in the aftermath of a deadly shooting involving American guards that infuriated Iraqis. Gates took the step after concluding that the thousands of heavily armed private guards in Iraq who work for the Pentagon may not be adequately supervised by military officers.
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July 27, 2007 | From the Washington Post
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he was personally engaged in developing contingency plans for a drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq and emphasized that those efforts were a "priority" for the Pentagon. "Such planning is indeed taking place with my active involvement as well as that of senior military and civilian officials and our commanders in the field," Gates wrote in a letter to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
In choosing to recommend an admiral as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has for the second time given a high-profile job to someone from the Navy -- a service that has, for the most part, worked only on the fringes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The choice of Adm. Michael G.
WORLD
June 7, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Under an overcast sky not unlike the morning 63 years ago that Allied forces stormed the Norman beaches below, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Wednesday pointed to their sacrifice to argue that the U.S. and France have long worked together to defeat tyranny and now must do so again. Speaking at the U.S.
WORLD
June 2, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates sought today to reassure Asian allies that the Bush administration had not become distracted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, telling a gathering of defense ministers that the U.S. was still committed to Asia's stability for the long term. In his first major address on Asian defense issues since becoming Pentagon chief, Gates emphasized that the U.S.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged graduates at his alma mater to pursue a career of public service with the ideals of the settlers of nearby Jamestown 400 years ago. Gates, a 1965 graduate of the College of William & Mary, told more than 1,760 graduates that Jamestown's establishment of America's first representative assembly expressed the concept that people should have a say in how they are governed.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that if the current U.S. military strategy showed signs of success by autumn, the Pentagon may be able to reduce the number of U.S. forces in Iraq. In Senate testimony, Gates acknowledged that his position apparently contradicted comments by the No. 2 military commander in Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who has recommended that the troop buildup continue into 2008.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon, bearing the brunt of criticism for shortfalls in National Guard supplies after last week's devastating tornado in Kansas, acknowledged Wednesday that Army National Guard units had only 56% of their required equipment. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a Senate hearing that equipment levels were the lowest since the Sept. 11 attacks.
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May 6, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
President Bush has mobilized his administration, including his top general in Iraq, in a major push to win more time and money for his war strategy. But one crucial voice has been missing from the chorus: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates'. In fact, Gates' recent comments seem to run counter to the message from the White House. During a recent trip to the Middle East, Gates told the Iraqi government that time was running out and praised Democratic efforts in the U.S.
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