The senate has confirmed Texas A& M President, Robert Gates as the new Secretary of Defense, replacing outgoing Donald Rumesfeld.
Democrats say gates won them over with his frank assessment of the Iraq war and his openness to change.
Gates, 63, won overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers, a day after telling a Senate panel that the United States is neither winning nor losing the war in Iraq and that all options must remain on the table.
Gates was a member of the Iraq Study Group. He resigned from the panel when the President nominated him for the defense post.
Gates won the confirmation with a 95-2 vote. He will be sworn in December 18.