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[Click for hi-res] U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivers a speech at the opening of the 7th annual Asia Security Summit, May 31, 2008. The summit brings together senior security and defense officials from more than 20 Asian nations each year to discuss regional security concerns. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison [Click for hi-res] Upon his arrival in Bangkok, Thailand, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, shakes hands with Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pookpasuk of the Royal Thai Air Force, June 1, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison [Click for hi-res] U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, speaks with Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej at the Ministry of Defense in Bangkok, Thailand, June 1, 2008. During his visit, Gates reaffirmed that the military-to-military relationship between the U.S. and Thailand is based on shared democratic principles. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison

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Sharp 'Right Man' for Korea Post, Gates Says

SEOUL, South Korea, June 3, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hailed newly promoted Army Gen. William “Skip” Sharp as “the right man” to advance the close U.S. alliance with South Korea today, as Sharp took on the top U.S. military post on the Korean peninsula. more»

Gates Advocates 'Normalized' Tours for Troops

SEOUL, South Korea, June 2, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s not only receptive to extending U.S. troop deployments here to three-year, accompanied tours, but personally believes it’s “overdue.” more»

U.S., South Korea Talks to Focus on Security

SEOUL, South Korea, June 2, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Seoul, South Korea, to discuss developments in the U.S.-Republic of Korea security relationship and officiate at tomorrow’s change of command ceremonies at U.S. Forces Korea. more»

Gates: U.S., South Korea Share Democratic Ideals

BANGKOK, Thailand, June 1, 2008 – In Bangkok, Thailand, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reaffirmed that the U.S.-Thai military-to-military relationship is based on shared democratic principles. more»

Secretary, Chairman Discuss Defense Issues

Gates and Mullen speak with members of the press during the 7th annual Asia Security Summit in Singapore, May 31, 2008.SINGAPORE, June 1, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with reporters for a broad-ranging discussion about various defense issues. more»

Secretary Asks Nations for Afghanistan Support

SINGAPORE, May 31, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates continued his quest to get more Asian countries to help in Afghanistan during bilateral sessions at an Asia security conference in Singapore. more»

'End Game' Critical in Iraq, Gates Says

SINGAPORE, May 31, 2008 – With progress being made in Iraq, the United States must focus on getting the “end game” right, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. more»

Guam Prepares for Arrival of 8,000 Marines

Gates congratulates Air Force Airman First Class David Wood and Navy Petty Officers Reynaldo Aurellano and Jonathon Smith after administering the Ceremonial Oath of Re-enlistmentANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam, May 30, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates got a firsthand look at growth under way in Guam to prepare for the arrival of more than 8,000 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, by 2014. more»

Gates Honors 66-Year Federal Employee

Gates, left, presents the Outstanding Civilian Career Service award to Seikichi Kaneshiro during his retirement ceremony on Anderson Air Force Base, Guam.ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam, May 30, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute to a legendary figure at Andersen Air Force base, Guam, who was retiring from the federal government with 66 years of service. more»

Gates Arrives in Singapore for Security Summit

SINGAPORE, May 30, 2008 – Arriving in Singapore for the 7th annual Asia Security Summit, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he plans to assure regional allies and friends that the United States hasn’t lost focus on or commitment to the region. more»

Secretary's Trip Shows Asian Commitment

EN ROUTE TO GUAM, May 28, 2008 – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates kicked off a six-day swing through the Western Pacific that includes a keynote address at the 7th annual International Institute of Strategic Studies' Asia Security Summit in Singapore. more»