2011 ISN Annual Users Conference: Keynote Speaker Dr. Robert Gates
As our keynote speaker at the 2011 ISN Annual Users Conference, Dr. Robert Gates shares his perspective on key events in America’s history. He speaks about terrorist attacks and the ongoing overseas conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and provides insight on the strengths and weaknesses of other powerful countries. He shares stories from his time at the Pentagon and the White House, where he served under both Republican and Democratic presidents. His message is realistic but encouraging, reminding the audience that although the United States has made mistakes in the past, it is a nation with the ability to overcome obstacles.
Gates has been a first-hand actor in major international events for over forty years. As an intelligence professional in the Central Intelligence Agency, Gates went on to serve under several U.S. presidents in various national security roles. He also served on the National Security Council and as the Director of Central Intelligence, and in 2002, he became the president of Texas A&M University. In 2006, President George W. Bush asked him to step in as Secretary of Defense, where he remained until July 1, 2011, under President Barack Obama. He has recently been named as the twenty-fourth chancellor of the College of William and Mary. Dr. Gates will follow in the footsteps of other distinguished chancellors, such as George Washington and Henry Kissinger, and most recently Sandra Day O’Connor.