The Senate Armed Services Committee holds confirmation hearings today on President Bush’s nominee to succeed Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. We’ll talk about the hearings and some of the many challenges he’ll face as head at the Defense Department if confirmed as expected.

Guests

  • Paul Pillar Director, graduate studies at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University and a former CIA National Intelligence officer
  • Lt. Gen. William Odom (Ret.) U.S. Army-Ret., former director of the National Security Agency and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • David Frum Is a resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute; author of "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again", and co-author of "An End to Evil: What's Next in the War on Terror;" former speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush (2001-02).

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