Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and 2011 Liberty Medal recipient
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.
Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary, agrees with President Obama's position that for Congress to increase sanctions on Iran now would jeopardize negotiations that are currently underway and show potential to be successful.