Gates continue as defense chief

Robert-GatesA Pentagon spokesman announced on Thursday that Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration, will remain in that position for another year at least.

Geoff Morrell, deputy assistant secretary of defense and Pentagon press secretary, told CNN, that Gates, 66, went to meet the President just before Christmas and committed to stay on the job through this year too. “They agreed to revisit this issue again later this year,” Morrell added.

Gates had replaced Donald Rumsfeld in 2006 after former President George W. Bush, a Republican, named Gates to the defense post. Obama, a Democrat, had sustained Gates in the job. Obama had asked him to serve in his cabinet for an undetermined time immediately after Obama took office in November in 2008.

Gates in Obama’s first year in office, had supervised president’s orders implementation regarding a troop withdrawal in Iraq and a rush forward to Afghanistan of U. S. combat personnel.

Before being appointed as a Secretary of Defense in the Bush administration Gates served as head of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1991 to 1993 and deputy national security adviser to President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1991.