Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has held his position through the transition from the Bush to the Obama administration, but it’s looking like he won’t hang on for yet another presidential term — or even through another election cycle, for that matter. Gates recently revealed to Foreign Policy magazine that he was eyeing the exit door with the hope of leaving office sometime in 2011. –KA

New York Daily News:

“I think that it would be a mistake to wait until January 2012,” he said. “This is not the kind of job you want to fill in the spring of an election year.”

Gates argued that, should he remain in his position through the end of this year, he would be one of the longest-serving Defense chiefs since the position was created in 1947.

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