Robert Gates to retire from defense post next year

Robert Gates has been US Secretary of Defense for over three years. Robert Gates has overseen both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of military operation.

By , Associated Press

  • close
    In this Aug. 9 file photo, Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. Gates says he plans to leave his job next year.
    View Caption

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he plans to leave his job next year.

A Republican and holdover from the Bush administration, Gates had agreed to stay on at the request of President Barack Obama. The move was intended to maintain stability at a time of two wars, although Gates has been open about his desire to return to civilian life in his home state of Washington.

In an interview published Monday, Gates told Foreign Policy magazine that leaving in 2011 makes sense. It would give him time to oversee the major offensive under way in Afghanistan but bow out before the 2012 presidential elections.

Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

Gates has been defense secretary since December 2006.

Share this story:

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...