UPDATE: Gates focuses West Point speech on officer retention


Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives for a graduation and commissioning ceremony in 2009 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (AP photo)

UPDATE: Here is a link to Army Times’ story on the speech. Interesting some of the changes to the promotion and assignment system Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested for officers.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates will spend the day at West Point tomorrow, according to his spokesman Geoff Morrell. Gates will teach cadets and then address the Corps on the future of the U.S. Army, according to Morrell’s Twitter account @PentagonPresSec.

“SecDef teaching midshipmen at USNA this AM. Tomorrow does same at West Point before delivering speech to entire Corps on future of US Army,” Morrell tweeted at 11 a.m. Feb. 24.

It is unclear what the secretary plans to address beyond the Army’s future. I pinged Morrell via email and will update accordingly if I receive more details before tomorrow’s speech.

Simply speculation, but I can imagine the secretary will address the current fight in Afghanistan, closing out Iraq, and what the Army might look like when it’s not fighting two wars.  Of course, this could be completely wrong and he instead talks about how cool it will be when the Army issues every soldier an iPhone. Doubtful, though.


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