United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urges the United States Senate to abolish "don't ask don't tell" for gays and lesbians serving in the US military and releases a report showing that ending the policy would have little impact.
The United States Senate confirms Robert Gates as the next United States Secretary of Defense by 95-2. Gates will be sworn in on December 18. 2006-12-6 (Context: Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, United States Senate)
Chuck Hagel is confirmed by the Senate as the United States Secretary of Defense. 2013-02-26 (Context: Defense Secretary, United States Senate)
Leon Panetta is sworn in as the new United States Secretary of Defense, succeeding Robert Gates. 2011-07-1 (Context: Defense Secretary, Robert Gates)
Robert Gates, the United States Secretary of Defense, arrives in Afghanistan to meet with the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai. 2011-03-7 (Context: Defense Secretary, Robert Gates)
United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates flies to China for a four-day trip after expressing American worries that the Chinese "clearly have potential to put some of our [military] capabilities at risk", adding that America has "to pay attention to them" and "respond appropriately with our own programmes". 2011-01-9 (Context: Defense Secretary, Robert Gates)
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