Insider Quote: All FSOs in the world …

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would barely crew one aircraft carrier

“The reality is the Department of State and the Agency for International Development were starved for resources for decades. Now, just let me give you an example. Working for me are 2 million men and women in uniform. Secretary Clinton has, I think, somewhere south of 7,000 Foreign Service officers. If you took all the Foreign Service officers in the world, they would barely crew one aircraft carrier.”

Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense
Remarks at George Washington University Washington, DC | October 5, 2009