Defense Secretary Robert Gates is hoping for more help from civilian experts when it comes to winning the war against terrorism.
He's calling for the creation of new government organizations,
which could provide non-military expertise -- or "soft power" --
in areas like communication, economic assistance and political
development. Teams of experts could be sent abroad on short notice
to supplement military efforts.
In a speech at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas,
Gates said, "We must focus our energies beyond the guns and steel
of the military."
Outside the lecture hall, there was a small group of anti-war
demonstrators, wearing shirts that say "Don't Iraq Iran."