In an article by Fred Kaplan for the September/October 2010 issue of Foreign Policy, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that he plans to retire in 2011. As the only person to serve as Defense Secretary under Republican and Democratic presidents, most never expected Gates to stay in the job so long; however, if Gates does indeed remain until 2011, he will have served longer than all but four of his predecessors.
Secretary Gates spoke last week at a program co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council and the Marines’ Memorial Association. That program can be heard tonight at 8 PM on KQED FM’s broadcast of It’s Your World, the Council’s weekly radio show. For more information, visit KQED’s website here.