Belgium NATO Gates

June 10, 2011 - 6:30 PM
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks during a Security and Defense Agenda event at the Biblioteque Solvay in Brussels on Friday, June 10, 2011. In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members' penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of U.S. support. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in 1949 as a U.S.-led bulwark against Soviet aggression, but in the post-Cold War era it has struggled to find a purpose. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)