Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Former Director of the CIA

WHEN: Monday, February 18, 2002

TOPIC: Terrorism: A New Face - A New World

As a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Robert Gates is uniquely qualified to access a world wrought with political instability, terrorism, economic turmoil and astounding opportunity. He is the only career officer to rise from entry-level employee to director, and the only director nominated by two presidents. An advisor to six presidents, Gates remains on the cutting edge of global events..

He is the author of an acclaimed memoir "From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War." He offers a keen evaluation of the political and economic conditions that affect business opportunities at home and abroad.

Gates served as assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser from 1989 to 1991. He spent close to nine years at the National Security Council, serving under four presidents during his tenure. For his service to the country, and the insights shared with six administrations, Gates has received the National Security Medal and President's Citizen Medal. He has received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal twice and the CIA's highest award, The Distinguished Intelligence Medal three times.

Dr. Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

From 1999 to 2001 he was dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and currently serves on several boards.