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When Barack Obama took office, he inherited a professional, world-class, battle-toughened military. Seven years later, many experts and insiders see the U.S. armed forces as a tattered and demoralized organization.

Don't miss Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats - Shrinking Military for an in-depth investigation of what President Obama has done with - and to - the military.

The special premieres Friday at 10pm ET on Fox News Channel, with additional airings over the weekend.

Bret Baier looks at the hundreds of billions in cuts, the radical social change forced upon the troops and a foreign policy that breaks with decades of tradition and leaves us in a world more dangerous than ever.

The hour-long program includes interviews with Obama’s first three Secretaries of Defense - Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel - as well as numerous people on the ground, who work to keep America’s fighting forces battle ready.

Gates weighed in on Obama's decision-making on the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The president ultimately pushed for Mubarak's immediate removal, despite the military urging caution.

"Literally, the entire national security team recommended unanimously handling Mubarak differently than we did," Gates said.

During the Libya uprising in 2011, Gates said he had reservations about information on military options going to the White House without his approval.

"You had concerns about that - running military operations out of the White House," Baier noted. 

"Yeah. The experience we had with that in Vietnam didn't work so well," Gates responded.

Watch a preview clip above and see Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats - Shrinking Military on Friday at 10pm ET, Saturday at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm, and Sunday at 9pm and midnight ET.


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