The Tenure Of Former United States Secretary Of Defense

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Introduction For this research paper, I will be examining some circumstances and challenges surrounding the tenure of former United States Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) The Honorable Robert M. Gates. The evidence to support my research paper will be derived from Alfred A. Knopf’s book entitled, “Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”, and some web journals/articles. Gates was originally appointed SECDEF by President George W. Bush, and asked to remain in that office by his predecessor President Barack Obama. Gates served as SecDef from 2006 to 2011. Before he retired, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor by President Obama. Gates began his intelligence career in 1966, with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), at the very entry-level part of it. He was the first member of that agency to rise to the top of the CIA. He has worked in other various senior intelligence positions in the IC. He served on the National Security Council (NSC); served as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDC/I); Assistant to the President; Deputy National Security Advisor; and Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). His strategic leadership role in the IC supersedes him. Gates was as a leader who did not just drift through his tenure simply managing events. He was a leader who acted boldly, and expected the same from his subordinates. The leadership challenges and leadership approach that I will discuss will be examined
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