Donald Rumsfeld: Tough man for a tough time

Donald H. Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense for Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George W. Bush, was the most qualified Secretary of Defense ever, said Gordon England, former head of General Dynamics Fort Worth and then of Lockheed Fort Worth who worked for Rumsfeld three times in Washington. Rumsfeld died July 6, 2021, at his home in Taos, N.M. He was 88.

“He knew the Congress because he had been in the Congress, knew the White House because he had been Chief of Staff. He knew international, he had been an ambassador. He knew the military, he had been in the military. And he had knew DOD because he had been Secretary of Defense years before,” England said July 2.

England became the 72nd Secretary of the Navy on May 24, 2001. He would go on to serve twice as Secretary of the Navy, as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and as the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Not all who knew Rumsfeld were as charitable of his…

Read more…