The Awakening of Robert Gates — Esquire

After a career built on avoiding risk, the defense secretary is (finally) ready to get back in the game and gamble, all-in.

Given Barack Obama’s obvious inexperience in national-security affairs, our two wars, our war fatigue, our evolving sense of what war is, our broke federal government, and the fact that we spend about 55 percent of our discretionary federal budget on national defense, the position of secretary of defense looms more prominently now than at any time in American history.

But who is Robert Gates, and what is he doing running the Pentagon?

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