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Robert Gates Former Secretary Of Defense: His Double Birth Order

Making the rounds of all the talk shows last week has been Robert Michael Gates promoting his autobiography “Duty” where he gives us an insight into the Obama administration.

He has had a history of government service, serving as the 15th Director of the CIA and in various positions under eight US Presidents from Nixon to Obama.  With all these years in public service 1967 – 2011 you would think it would be easy to find out the information to determine his birth order, well it wasn’t.  I guess the CIA is a master at protecting their employees and their families, but not from this birth order detective.


We know he went to Wichita East High and graduated in 1961. He was a straight A student and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He sang in the boy’s choir and at one time put together a collection of animal brains, maybe an early sign he would work for the CIA. College was William and Mary in Virginia graduating in 1965.  Next it was Indiana University where he earned a master’s degree in 1965.  It was here he met his future wife Becky who he married in 1966.  He received a doctorate in Russian and


It was at Indiana University in 1965 that he was recruited by the CIA. After two years of service in the US Air Force he joined the National Security Council under Richard Nixon. Deputy Director of the CIA in 1982,  Deputy national security director 1989-1991 under George H.W. Bush.  Director of CIA 1991-1992. In 1999 began working at Texas A&M becoming President three years later. In 2006 appointed secretary of defense by President George W Bush and kept on in this position by President Obama until 2009 when he resigned.

The Only/Two Birth Order

Robert Gates was born September 25th 1943 in Wichita Kansas. When he was born he had an older brother Jim at least 6 years older who became a school principal.  This makes Robert Gates an Only/Two double birth order.  He would show Only characteristics 60% of the time those of a Two 40% .  This Only/Two would be the person that would be asked to take charge of things but could also keep secrets.  The Only side of his birth order would allow him to work with One’s and Only’s.  In the White House our President Obama is a One/Only double birth order, Joe Biden a One birth order. Valerie Jarrett a close advisor to the President is an Only birth order.  At times the Two side of his personality would resent anyone telling him what to do but he would keep it to himself.  The number Two sees things in clear terms of right and wrong, good and bad and when what he perceives an injustice taking place will no longer keep his silence.  This may have been the reason he left his position and wrote his book. As he said on one of his recent talk show appearances. “When I get angry I get quieter”  Never underestimate this birth order from trying to make things right.

He Speaks his mind

Now that he is no longer in the government he felt no restriction to say what has been on his mind. Nicknamed Yoda by the Obama administration probably because of his silence when he became angry.  As he has said in a recent interview “When I get angry I get quieter” Accusing the President of an uncommitted policy In Afghanistan, he had to sit in meeting where the staff made negative comments about the prior administration of which he was a part.

This shows the strength of the Only/Two. Don’t rule him out as a possible Vice-Presidential pick in the next Presidential election.  This birth order is content with a support role and doesn’t crave the attention and center stage of a number One.

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