Robert M. Gates, PhD Biography
||US Secretary of Defense
||Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"Advance Policy Questions for Dr. Robert M. Gates, Nominee to be Secretary of Defense," US Senate Committee on Armed Services, Dec. 5, 2006
"I agreed with President Bush’s decision to go into Iraq...
There is no question that Saddam Hussein’s regime was a dangerous and disruptive force in the region. By the late 1990s, it was clear that his dictatorial regime needed to be removed from power. The Oil for Food program was a failure. Saddam’s continual defiance of the international community was unacceptable.
In 2002, I supported UN Resolution 1441, which called for immediate and complete disarmament of Iraq’s illegal weapons in order to give inspections another chance. Again, Saddam thumbed his nose at the international community. I believed that he possessed WMD or the capacity for building WMD, and that with the collapse of sanctions he would aggressively pursue an effort to increase his WMD capability."
|Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
|Involvement and Affiliations:
||US Secretary of Defense, 2006-present
Trustee, Forum for International Policy
Trustee, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Boston
Trustee, Endowment Fund, College of William and Mary
Boardmember, Parker Drilling Company
Boardmember, NACCO Industries
Boardmember, TRW, Inc.
Boardmember, The Fidelity Funds
President, Texas A&M University, 2002-2006
Interim Dean, George Bush School of Government and Public Services, Texas A&M University, 1999-2001
Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), 1991-1993
Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1989-1991
Deputy National Security Adviser, 1989-1991
Deputy Director, CIA, 1986-1989
Deputy Director of Intelligence, CIA, 1982
||PhD, Georgetown University, 1974
MA, Indiana University, 1966
BA, College of William and Mary, 1965
||Recipient, National Security Medal
Recipient, Presidential Citizens Medal
Recipient, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (two time recipient)
Recipient, Distinguished Intelligence Medal (three time recipient).