Stories tagged: Robert Gates
Thu., April 28, 2016, 4:03 p.m.
Former defense secretaries push for Trans-Pacific trade pact
WASHINGTON – Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental …
Mon., July 27, 2015, 5:07 p.m.
Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious …
Mon., July 13, 2015, 2:07 p.m.
Boy Scouts executive committee OKs ending ban on gay leaders
NEW YORK — The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let …
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014, 8:09 a.m.
White House defends Biden against Gates criticism
WASHINGTON — The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in …
Sun., May 8, 2011, midnight
In WSU address, Gates lauds service
PULLMAN – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates implored Washington State University graduates on Saturday to ignore the rancor often aimed at government workers and consider a career in public service. …
Sat., May 7, 2011, 2:26 p.m.
Gates calls on WSU grads to consider public service
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates implored Washington State University graduates today to ignore the rancor often aimed at government workers and consider a career in public service. Gates said he’s …
Mon., Oct. 18, 2010, 3:34 p.m.
Judge inclined to reject delay of gay troops order
A federal judge says she’s inclined to deny a government request to delay her order that immediately stopped the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay service members.
Tue., Oct. 12, 2010, 12:39 p.m.
Federal judge orders ’don’t ask, don’t tell’ injunction
A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction today stopping enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the U.S. military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010, midnight
Gates urges global pressure on Iran
BEIRUT, Lebanon – As Iran moved to enrich uranium to a higher level of purity and build new nuclear-fuel plants, U.S. and French defense officials suggested Monday that sanctions were …
Fri., Jan. 15, 2010, 8:03 a.m.
Gates: Military fails to spot danger within ranks
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday an investigation into the Fort Hood shootings found the military isn’t sufficiently prepared to prevent similar attacks in the future.
Fri., Jan. 8, 2010, midnight
Nation in brief: Gates says he’ll stay through year
Washington – Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a holdover from the Bush administration, will remain in his Cabinet post for at least another year, his spokesman said Thursday. Gates, who has …
Tue., Dec. 8, 2009, midnight
Gates visits Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan today with plans to assure officials and American troops there that the United States is committed to winning the war …
Mon., Dec. 7, 2009, midnight
Gates denies ‘exit strategy’ for Afghanistan
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied Sunday that President Barack Obama had set an “exit strategy” for Afghanistan, and he forecast that only a “handful” of U.S. troops …
Fri., Dec. 4, 2009, midnight
Gates says U.S. has no deadlines on drawdown
WASHINGTON – The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, scheduled to begin in July 2011, will “probably” take two or three years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday, although he …
Fri., Nov. 20, 2009, midnight
Surge could happen fast, Gates says
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said any new U.S. forces President Barack Obama sends to Afghanistan could move into the country swiftly, despite logistical hassles that force almost all …
Fri., Nov. 20, 2009, midnight
Gates orders Fort Hood inquiry
WASHINGTON – A wide-ranging review ordered Thursday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates will strive to answer what he called “troubling questions” raised by the shootings at Fort Hood. The Pentagon …
Thu., Oct. 22, 2009, midnight
U.S. warns Japan against reneging on troop plans
WASHINGTON – Worried about a new direction in Japan’s foreign policy, the Obama administration warned the Tokyo government Wednesday of serious consequences if it reneges on a military realignment plan …
Tue., Oct. 6, 2009, midnight
Rifts deepen on war strategy
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that President Barack Obama’s advisers should keep their guidance private, in effect admonishing the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan for …
Wed., Sept. 16, 2009, 12:39 p.m.
Gates restores Air Force authority in tanker deal
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday restored the Air Force’s authority to select the winner of a $35 billion contract for aerial refueling tankers between Boeing Co. and …
Fri., Sept. 4, 2009, midnight
Gates open to more troops
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated Thursday that he is open to increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, voicing a shift in his position as the administration …
Fri., Aug. 14, 2009, midnight
Report won’t ask for more troops in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON – An upcoming assessment of Afghanistan by the top U.S. commander there will not include a request for additional U.S. troops, as has been widely expected, Defense Secretary Robert …
Tue., June 2, 2009, midnight
Gates open to seeking more missiles
FORT GREELY, Alaska – Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t ruling out spending more on missile defense than what he’s asked for in next year’s budget if North Korea or other …
Tue., April 7, 2009, 12:54 p.m.
New Air Force tanker competition slated for summer
Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to try again this summer to pick a defense contractor to build a badly needed replacement for the Air Force’s 50-year-old fleet of aerial refueling …
Tue., April 7, 2009, midnight
Gates wants shift from ‘exquisite’ weapons
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined sweeping changes to the defense budget Monday that would shift hundreds of billions of dollars in Pentagon spending away from elaborate weapons toward …
Tue., April 7, 2009, midnight
Boeing would take a hit in Gates’ budget
SEATTLE – Boeing would be hit hard if a series of major defense budget cuts proposed Monday by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are implemented. Gates’ budget recommendations signal the …
Mon., March 2, 2009, midnight
U.S. military ponders Iran’s nuclear plans
WASHINGTON – The nation’s top military officer said Sunday that Iran has enough nuclear material to make a bomb, but Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the country was not …
Wed., Jan. 28, 2009, midnight
U.S. troops in Afghanistan may double by late summer
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday “we are lost” unless the United States can find a way not to kill so many civilians in the pursuit of militants …
Wed., Jan. 14, 2009, midnight
‘20th hijacker’ tortured by military, official says
WASHINGTON – The top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who …