I mean when you get down to very low numbers of nuclear weapons and you contemplate going to zero how do you deal with the reality of that technology being available to almost any country that seeks to pursue it? And what conditions do you put in place?

Robert M. Gates Technology Quote

I have always that there ought to be some kind of mandatory national service not necessarily in the military but to show everybody that freedom isn’t free that everybody has an obligation to the nation as a community.

Robert M. Gates Freedom Quote

Health care costs are eating the Defense Department alive.

Robert M. Gates Health Quote

There is no international problem that can be addressed or solved without the engagement and leadership of the United States and everybody in the world knows that its just fact of life. So sometimes I think we could conduct ourselves with a little more humility.

Well I’ve ruffled a few feathers at all the institutions I’ve led. But I think that’s part of leadership.

Robert M. Gates Leadership Quotes