Robert Gates replaces Donald Rumsfeld as US Defence Secretary
Published time: 18 Dec, 2006 17:29 Edited time: 18 Dec, 2006 20:29
Robert Gates has been officially sworn in as the new US Defence Secretary.At a special ceremony presided over by US President George W. Bush, Gates pledged his allegiance to the country.
The 63-year-old former CIA director takes over from Donald Rumsfeld. The appointment comes while the Bush administration is in the middle of a rethink of its strategy. Georges W. Bush has described Mr Gates as the best man to handle the war and to undertake military reform.