Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is interviewed by David Eisner, the CEO of the National Constitution Center, about his five-decade career in public service. Gates has served eight presidents–in uniform, as the director of the CIA and as the civilian head of America’s armed forces. Gates discusses the future of the U.S. military, the Mideast, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, and his years at the CIA. Audience members made up of military, ROTC, and students are given the opportunity to ask Gates a range of questions.
This program features events from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including symposia and interviews.