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Senator Kit Bond on Secretary of State Robert Gates

Robert Gates took over at the Pentagon today as Secretary of Defense. Missouri's senior senator Kit Bond had a chance to meet with Gates recently. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Robert Gates took over at the Pentagon today (Monday) as Secretary of Defense.

Missouri's senior senator Kit Bond had a chance to meet with Gates recently. As vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he's the highest ranking Republican on the committee.

Bond says his meeting with Gates was positive.

Bond says he talked to Gates about how the University of Missouri Extension Service could help farmers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As for his work on the Intelligence Committee, Bond says he hopes to work in a bi-partisan way to look for opportunities to move forward with protecting the country.

Democratic Senator John Rockfeller of West Virginia will chair the Intelligence Committee.