Robert Gates takes over as defense secretary Monday. He'll take the oath of office in a private event at the White House and have a public swearing-in at the Pentagon.
One reason President Bush says he has held off announcing any new Iraq policy is to allow Gates to have a say. The former CIA chief was part of the Iraq Study Group and has been in on Bush's recent meetings, but he still plans a quick trip to Baghdad to see things for himself.
During his Senate confirmation hearings, Gates acknowledged that America is not winning in Iraq. That's something Donald Rumsfeld never did. Bush is expected to reveal his Iraq plan next month.