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U.S. WAR COLLEGES – April 2009
Marine Corps at Quantico, Va.
Air Force at Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Army at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gives remarks to students and faculty of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., April 17, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

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Gates Cites Need to Learn
From Past Drawdowns

NEWPORT, R.I., April 17, 2009 As the U.S. military winds down from Iraq and Afghanistan in the future, leaders must learn the lessons of past drawdowns, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Transcript  |  Story»

Gates Says America Must Protect Conventional Capabilities

NEWPORT, R.I., April 17, 2009 Though the proposed fiscal 2010 defense budget reflects some shifts in emphasis, it is important for the United States to maintain its capabilities for conventional warfare dominance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story»

Secretary Discusses Tough Decisions

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa., April 16, 2009 In his two-and-a-half years as defense secretary, Robert M. Gates told students at the Army War College, no decision has compared in difficulty to those involving sending men and women into combat. Transcript  |  Story»

National Guard Connects Military,
American People, Gates Says

ARLINGTON, Va., April 16, 2009 The National Guard is one of the best connections between the armed forces and the public, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told an Air War College audience at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Story»

Warfighter Care at Center of
2010 Budget Considerations

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., April 15, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., with students from the Air War College to spell out his thinking behind his proposed fiscal 2010 Defense Department budget. Transcript  |  Story»

Stability Operations Require
More U.S. Focus, Gates Says

QUANTICO, Va., April 14, 2009 The United States should focus more resources on recognizing developing problems abroad and assisting foreign governments through nonmilitary means, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story»

Gates Aims to Speed Delivery
Of Helicopter Pilots, Crews

FORT RUCKER, Ala., April 14, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Fort Rucker, Ala, to find out how fast the home of Army aviation could expand training operations. The secretary's proposed fiscal 2010 defense budget would earmark $500 million for the delivery of helicopter pilots and crews to the battlefield. Story»

Gates Says People Are
His Top Budget Priority

QUANTICO, Va., April 13, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said troops and military families were his primary concern when formulating the fiscal 2010 defense budget recommendations. Story»

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is televised during his speech at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., April 16, 2009. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivers remarks to students at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., April 16, 2009. Gates is on a four-day trip to talk to attendees of the military's war colleges. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Students of the U.S. Air Force Air War College on Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., listen to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates as he gives his remarks while visiting there, April 14, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison

A Marine student at the U.S. Air Force Air War College on Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., asks Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates a question after his remarks, April 14, 2009. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison