Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and 2011 Liberty Medal recipient Robert M. Gates returns to the National Constitution Center to unveil his latest book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War-a strikingly candid account of his experience serving as secretary of defense under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. The former head of the Pentagon will discuss how he juggled multiple wars abroad as well as the political realities at home. His talk also will focus on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, national security, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the mission to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden.
Robert M. Gates
Dr. Robert M. Gates was sworn in on December 18, 2006, as the 22nd Secretary of Defense. Before entering his present post, Secretary Gates was the President of Texas AM University, the nation's seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the presidency of Texas AM on August 1, 2002, he served as Interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas AM from 1999 to 2001.
Secretary Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to Director. Secretary Gates served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989, until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.