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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 307-10
April 18, 2010

Statement by Secretary Robert M. Gates

                 The New York Times sources who revealed my January memo to the National Security Advisor mischaracterized its purpose and content.  With the Administration's pivot to a pressure track on Iran earlier this year, the memo identified next steps in our defense planning process where further interagency discussion and policy decisions would be needed in the months and weeks ahead.  The memo was not intended as a "wake up call" or received as such by the President's national security team.  Rather, it presented a number of questions and proposals intended to contribute to an orderly and timely decision making process.  There should be no confusion by our allies and adversaries that the United States is properly and energetically focused on this question and prepared to act across a broad range of contingencies in support of our interests.