Former Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld served as the 13th Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford, and as the 21st Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. He is both the youngest and the oldest person to have served as Secretary of Defense. Rumsfeld was a four-term U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1962–1969), Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (1969–1970), Counsellor to the President (1969–1973), the United States Permanent Representative to NATO (1973–1974), and White House Chief of Staff (1974–1975). His bestselling memoir, Known and Unknown, is now out in paperback.
During my time in the Department of Defense we had to and did in fact give military commanders enormous freedom and flexibility.
I think that the United States is vulnerable for many reasons.
Veterans are a valuable asset in the civilian economy because they are a self-selected group who has shown initiative and been given a lot of responsibility at very young ages.
Donald Rumsfeld reflects on his over 50 year career in public service with Big Think — the highs and the lows, the challenges and the triumphs. From his call to […]