In times of geopolitical tension and conflict impacting supply chains as never before, the world turns for wisdom to respected leaders with depths of experience and perspective. Robert Gates is one such individual. A former Secretary of Defense, Director of Central Intelligence, and Deputy National Security Advisor, among many other roles, he has brought deep geopolitical insight, organizational leadership and bold vision to his numerous roles in and out of government. He has served eight US Presidents, is a Medal of Freedom recipient and is the only Secretary of Defense to work for both Republican and Democratic administrations. As Defense Secretary from 2006-2011 he oversaw a huge shift away from conventional warfare toward anti-terrorist tactics. He paved the way for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that discriminated against personnel based on sexual orientation. At a time when global supply chains are undergoing wholesale reassessment in light of geopolitical risk and growing frequency of shocks such as COVID, Robert Gates will bring to TPM deep insight relevant to those managing or supporting international supply chains.