“Reflections on the status and future of the transatlantic alliance”



Report: Robert Gates’ final policy speech 



To the mark the final overseas political tour of his office,  Robert M. Gates, US Secretary of Defense, addressed  a distinguished gathering at the Security &  Defence Agenda (SDA) in Brussels on June 10. Gates  used the opportunity to “speak bluntly” about how he  sees the military shortcomings of European members  of NATO; and to issue a warning that the economic  crisis and a changing political make-up in US domestic politics could foreshadow a diminishing investment in  the transatlantic alliance.


The SDA is pleased to present Robert Gates’ final policy speech report