RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 233975818 LA English UL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert%5FGates T1 Robert Gates from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A1 Wikimedia Foundation., PB Wikimedia Foundation] PP San Francisco, Calif. YR 2004 AB Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) is currently serving as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense. He took office on December 18, 2006. Prior to this, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush as Director of Central Intelligence. He was born in Wichita, Kansas.