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  Rumsfeld, Donald H.
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NameDonald H. Rumsfeld
Wilmette, Illinois , United States
Born July 09, 1932
DiedJune 29, 2021 (88 years)
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Last ModifedDavid
Jul 01, 2021 01:46am
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InfoDonald Henry "Don" "Rummy" Rumsfeld

Donald H. Rumsfeld was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2001. Before assuming his present post, the former Navy pilot had also served as the 13th Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, U.S. Congressman and chief executive officer of two Fortune 500 companies.

Secretary Rumsfeld is responsible for directing the actions of the Defense Department in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The war is being waged against a backdrop of major change within the Department of Defense. The department has developed a new defense strategy and replaced the old model for sizing forces with a newer approach more relevant to the 21st century. Secretary Rumsfeld proposed and the President approved a significant reorganization of the worldwide command structure, known as the Unified Command Plan, that resulted in the establishment of the U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Strategic Command, the latter charged with the responsibilities formerly held by the Strategic and Space Commands which were disestablished.

The Department also has refocused its space capabilities and fashioned a new concept of strategic deterrence that increases security while reducing strategic nuclear weapons. To help strengthen the deterrent, the missile defense research and testing program has been reorganized and revitalized, free of the restraints of the ABM treaty.

Mr. Rumsfeld attended Princeton University on academic and NROTC scholarships (A.B., 1954) and served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor. In 1957, he transferred to the Ready Reserve and continued his Naval service in flying and administrative assignments as a drilling reservist until 1975. He transferred to the Standby Reserve when he became Secretary of Defense in 1975 and to the Retired Reserve with the rank of Captain in 1989.

In 1957, he came to Washington, DC to serve as Administrative Assistant to a Congressman. After a stint with an investment banking firm, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois in 1962, at the age of 30, and was re-elected in 1964, 1966, and 1968.

Mr. Rumsfeld resigned from Congress on May 25, 1969 during his fourth term to join the President's Cabinet. From 1969 to 1970, he served as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and Assistant to the President. From 1971 to 1972, he was Counsellor to the President and Director of the Economic Stabilization Program. In 1973, he left Washington, DC, to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium (1973-1974).

In August 1974, he was called back to Washington, DC, to serve as Chairman of the transition to the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. He then became Chief of Staff of the White House and a member of the President's Cabinet (1974-1975). He served as the 13th U.S. Secretary of Defense, the youngest in the country's history (1975-1977).

From 1977 to 1985 he served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and then Chairman of G.D. Searle & Co., a worldwide pharmaceutical company. The successful turnaround there earned him awards as the Outstanding Chief Executive Officer in the Pharmaceutical Industry from the Wall Street Transcript (1980) and Financial World (1981). From 1985 to 1990 he was in private business.

Mr. Rumsfeld served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Corporation from 1990 to 1993. General Instrument Corporation was a leader in broadband transmission, distribution, and access control technologies. Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld served as Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company.

Before returning for his second tour as Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld chaired the bipartisan U.S. Ballistic Missile Threat Commission, in 1998, and the U.S. Commission to Assess National Security Space Management and Organization, in 2000.

During his business career, Mr. Rumsfeld continued his public service in a variety of Federal posts, including:

Member of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control (1982 - 1986);
Special Presidential Envoy on the Law of the Sea Treaty (1982 - 1983);
Senior Advisor to the President's Panel on Strategic Systems (1983 - 1984);
Member of the U.S. Joint Advisory Commission on U.S./Japan Relations (1983 - 1984);
Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East (1983 - 1984);
Member of the National Commission on Public Service (1987 - 1990);
Member of the National Economic Commission (1988 - 1989);
Member of the Board of Visitors of the National Defense University (1988 - 1992);
Member of the Commission on U.S./Japan Relations (1989 - 1991); and
Member of the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission (1999 - 2000).
While in the private sector, Mr. Rumsfeld's civic activities included service as a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the boards of trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the National Park Foundation, and as Chairman of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, Inc.

In 1977, Mr. Rumsfeld was awarded the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


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11/09/2006-11/10/2006 Princeton Survey Research Associates 24.00% ( 0.0) 62.00% ( 0.0) 14.00% ( 0.0)
04/28/2006-04/30/2006 CBS News 33.00% ( 9.0) 49.00% ( 4.0) 18.00% ( 5.0)
01/05/2006-01/08/2006 CBS News 42.00% ( 2.0) 45.00% ( 1.0) 13.00% ( 1.0)
11/28/2005-12/04/2005 Quinnipiac University 40.00% ( 0.0) 47.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)
11/08/2005-11/13/2005 Harris Interactive 34.00% ( 6.0) 59.00% ( 1.0) 7.00% ( 5.0)
10/11/2005-10/12/2005 Opinion Dynamics (FOX) 39.00% ( 0.0) 46.00% ( 0.0) 15.00% ( 0.0)
08/09/2005-08/16/2005 Harris Interactive 40.00% ( 2.0) 58.00% ( 2.0) 2.00% ( 0.0)
04/05/2005-04/10/2005 Harris Interactive 42.00% ( 0.0) 56.00% ( 0.0) 2.00% ( 0.0)
02/08/2005-02/13/2005 Harris Interactive 42.00% ( 0.0) 56.00% ( 0.0) 2.00% ( 0.0)
01/18/2005-01/21/2005 Zogby International 39.00% ( 0.0) 54.00% ( 0.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)

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May 23, 2013 05:00pm Blog Entry Rumsfeld: I give the Bush administration a D-, Obama gets an F  Article Scott³ 
Mar 09, 2011 11:05am Blog Entry Donald Rumsfeld On Facebook, Wants To Be On ‘America’s Next Top Model’  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Feb 03, 2011 02:00am Review Rumsfeld’s Defense of Known Decisions  Article ArmyDem 
Jan 28, 2009 05:00am General Rumsfeld to stand trial for war crimes?  Article kal 
Dec 02, 2006 06:00pm News Rumsfeld Memo Proposed ‘Major Adjustment’ in Iraq  Article WesternDem 
Nov 12, 2006 05:00pm News Bush Faces GOP Ire Over Rumsfeld Timing  Article COSDem 

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