Robert Gates

US announces major defence cuts

US announces major defence cutsWashington, Jan 7 - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Thursday announced $78 billion in cuts to military programmes over the next five years, intended to help bring the government's ballooning budget deficit under control.

The reductions target expensive and burdensome weapons systems, staff, independent contractors and other overhead and will take place over five years, Gates said. Further cuts to eliminate wasteful spending will allow the military to reallocate the savings into higher priorities, he said in what is key part of his "reform agenda".


Gates urges Senate to end military ban on gays

Gates urges Senate to end military ban on gaysWashington, Dec 1 - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates pressed forward with plans to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, urging the Senate to repeal the controversial 1993 law by the end of the year.

Gates presented Tuesday a comprehensive report he commissioned when he announced in February plans to repeal the law, known as "don't ask, don't tell", which allows gays and lesbians to serve as long as they keep their sexual preference secret.


Gates recommends dismantling major US command

Gates recommends dismantling major US commandWashington, Aug 10 - In his effort to rein in swollen military spending, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Monday announced plans to close a major command and cut back on the use of contractors.

Gates said the Joint Forces Command is the arbiter and proponent for joint training, doctrine and operations in the military, but it means an extra layer in the bureaucracy, Xinhua reported. It is expected to take about a year to dismantle it.


Gates rates Pak relationship six on rate card of ten

Robert GatesWashington, May 13 : US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has rated Washington’s relationship with Pakistan as six on a scale of ten, adding that he expects a sustained progress in ties between both countries.

In an interview aired on CNN, Gates stressed that ties between Islamabad and Washington have improved ‘significantly’ in the recent past, and that he would give the relationship “six or a seven now.”

Gates noted that the Obama Administration is well aware about its responsibilities and respects Pakistan’s stand on its sovereignty.


Too early for Afghan government to woo Taliban to lay down arms: Gates

Robert GatesWashington, Mar. 25 : Amidst talk of reconciliation with the Taliban in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, has said it is too early for the Karzai government to be able to persuade top Taliban leaders to shun their violent ways.

Addressing a House committee, Gates said talks are necessary, but for a positive outcome it is important that the Afghanistan government is in a position of strength and the ‘Taliban convinced they are going to lose.’

“I don''t think we''re there yet,” The News quoted Gates, as saying.


Pentagon to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

Pentagon to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' policyWashington, March 3 - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Tuesday ordered the establishment of a working group to formulate a plan for repealing a law that bans gays from openly serving in the military.

Gates announced Feb 2 that he planned to move forward with ending the 1993-enacted "don't ask, don't tell" policy that permitted gays to serve but only if they kept their sexuality secret.

Gates has named the Pentagon general counsel, Jeh Johnson, and the commander of the US Army in Europe, General Carter Ham, as the co-chairs of the working group.


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