Gates to stay at Defense for at least a year

WASHINGTON — President Obama's most prominent holdover from the Bush administration — Defense Secretary Robert Gates — is staying on for at least another year.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told the Associated Press late Thursday that Gates and Obama agreed last month that Gates would stay on as Pentagon chief. The commitment is open-ended, but would be for at least the rest of 2010.

Shortly after Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he asked Gates to stay on. The move was meant to maintain stability in a time of two wars, and made good on an Obama promise to include Republicans among his close advisers.