Donald Rumsfeld


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in Evanston, Illinois, The United States
July 09, 1932

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Donald Henry Rumsfeld is a United States businessman, retired Navy Fighter Pilot, diplomat, and politician who served as the 13th Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977 and as the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. He is both the youngest (43 years old) and the oldest (74 years old) person to have served as Secretary of Defense as well as the only person to have served in the position for two non-consecutive terms. Overall, he was the second longest serving defense secretary behind Robert McNamara. Rumsfeld was White House Chief of Staff during part of the Ford Administration and also served in various positions in the Nixon Administration. He served four terms in the ...more

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Known and Unknown: A Memoir

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Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadershi...

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When the Center Held: Geral...

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Pieces of Intelligence: The...

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“Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns- the ones we don't know we don't know.”
Donald Rumsfeld

“Those who made the decisions with imperfect knowledge will be judged in hindsight by those with considerably more information at their disposal and time for reflection.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown: A Memoir

“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
Donald Rumsfeld
tags: war



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