Defense Department Briefing

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced an Army personnel increase of 22,000 to meet global deployment needs. The increase, to occur… read more

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced an Army personnel increase of 22,000 to meet global deployment needs. The increase, to occur over a three-year timeframe, would raise the size of the Army to 569,000 active-duty soldiers. Secretary Gates also said he would travel to Israel next week and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister. Mr. Gates said the topics would include Iran.

Secretary Gates also responded to a question about a video of a U.S. serviceman, Private First Class Bowe R. Bergdahl, captured in Afghanistan that had been released by the Taliban. He said he was disgusted by the exploitation of a prisoner. close

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Defense Department Briefing

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Category:
News Conference
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News Conference
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 20, 2009
Last Aired:
Jul 21, 2009

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  • Jul 20, 2009 | 2:55pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 20, 2009 | 11:08pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 21, 2009 | 2:27am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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