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A DANGEROUS WORLD Becky Gates holds the Bible as Robert M. Gates (center) is sworn in as the 22nd secretary of defense by Vice President Dick Cheney (right) at the Pentagon, Dec. 18, 2006. President George W. Bush (left) looks on. Gates was confirmed Dec. 6, 2006, by the U.S. Senate in a 95-2 vote. Defense Department photo by Helene C. Stikkel FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES, SPEAKING AT THE VAN WEZEL, IDENTIFIES THREATS TO U.S. SECURITY By Vicki Chatley Contributing Writer The "security challenges facing the United States" were the focus of remarks by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Feb. 5 before a full auditorium at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Security Council, serving under three presidents before returning to the CIA in 1979, where he later became deputy director and, in 1991, director. His first retirement from government service came in 1993, but he answered the call again when nominated to beGates, the second speaker in the Ringling come secretary of defense in 2006. College Library Association's Town Hall 2013 lecture series, began In describing the areas his career in public that present security service in 1966 as an threats, Gates briefly Not a single Arab state has mentioned Korea. He entry-level employee of the Central Intelli- building blocks for democracy. dealt in more depth gence Agency (CIA). with China, which he Robert Gates U.S. Secretary of Defense In 1974 he joined the described as a growing Retired staff of the National power that has huge

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