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President Bush nominated Robert M. Gates to replace Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense. Here is a brief background of Robert Gates.

Career: Gates joined the CIA in 1966 and by 1991, was head of the agency. He spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional, serving six presidents. He is the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to director. In 1974, Gates was assigned to the National Security Council. In 1979, he returned to the CIA. Gates served as director of central intelligence from 1991 until 1993, under George H.W. Bush.

Education: Bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary; master's degree in history from Indiana University; doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University.

Born: September 25, 1943 in Kansas

Family: Married to Becky. They have two children. Wife Becky seems to have involved in social welfare and works especially for children.

Aggregated from: CNN
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