Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today outlined a five-year Pentagon budget that would shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.
Israel didn’t oppose a $60 billion U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia, in part because the Pentagon agreed to sell the Israelis at least 20 new Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jets, according to the new book by Robert Gates.
Robert Gates is the only U.S. secretary of defense to have served two presidents from different political parties in a time of war. So his comparison of two men facing their greatest wartime crises -- one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan, both weighing the case for troop reinforcements to salvage wars that were being lost -- is invaluable.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has greater control of the military than his predecessor did, and that increases the need for a strong White House relationship with him, former U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates said.
Current and former White House officials are defending Vice President Joe Biden against criticism by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who writes in his memoir that Biden was “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”