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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2008 – Taking care of those serving in the military today is key to ensuring the nation has the quality of force it needs in the future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today at the Heritage Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“America’s key asymmetric advantage is our people. And getting the present right when it comes to taking care of our men and women in uniform will go a long way toward making sure we have the kind of force we need in the future,” Gates said.

The secretary said he has spent much of this year focusing on the current needs and conflicts, to ensure that all parts of the Defense Department are at war.

“Young men and women who step forward and join this country’s armed forces must have confidence that they and their families will be taken care of if something happens on the battlefield,” he said.

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