Will Secretary of Defense Gates' legacy continue?

Tuesday - 8/17/2010, 2:57pm EDT

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief, GovExec

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We told you yesterday that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he wants to retire sometime next year -- before the 2012 elections.

Gates will be remembered for many things, including the elimination of programs he saw as wasteful.

But many are wondering if his legacy can continue. Will the next Secretary of Defense follow the plans already laid out by Gates?

Tom Shoop is editor-in-chief at GovExec and brings us analysis.