Biographical Details on Boys' Clothing Styles: Donald Rumsfeld (United States, 1931- )


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Since the 911 attack on America, Secretary of Defence Don Rumsfeld with his laconic, no-nonscence appearances at Pentagon news conferences has become the only media-star of the Bush administration. Don was the son of a naval officer during World War II. Before the War during the 1930s he wore coordinated sunsuits with his big sister. As an older boy during the War he wore self-belted short pants. Don Rumsfield as had a varied career. Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld was in private business. He first served in Government during the Eisenhoer Administrtion.

Parents

Don was the son of a naval officer during World War II.

Childhood

Don was born in Chicago, Illinois during 1932.

Childhood Clothing

Before the War during the 1930s he wore coordinated sunsuits with his big sister. As an older boy during the War he wore self-belted short pants.

Education

Rumsfeld attended Princeton University on scholarship (AB, 1954).

Military Service

Rumsfeld served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as a Naval aviator.

Career

Don Rumsfield as had a varied career. Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld was in private business. He first served in Government during the Eisenhoer Administrtion.

Eisenhower Administration

Rumsfeld went to Washington, DC, in 1957, during the Eisenhower Administration, to serve as Administrative Assistant to a Congressman.

Banking

Rumsfeld worked for a while as an investment banking firm.

Congressman

Rumsfeld 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.

Nixon Administraion

Rumsfeld resigned from Congress in 1969 during his fourth term to serve in the Nixon Administration as: Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Assistant to the President, and a member of the President's Cabinet (1969-1970); and, as Counsellor to the President, Director of the Economic Stabilization Program, and a member of the President's Cabinet (1971-1972). In 1973, he left Washington, DC, to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium (1973-1974).

Ford Administration

In August 1974, he was called back to Washington, DC, to serve in the Ford Administration successively as: Chairman of the transition to the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford (1974); Chief of Staff of the White House and a member of the President's Cabinet (1974-1975); and, as The 13th U.S. Secretary of Defense, the youngest in the country's history (1975-1977). In 1977, Mr. Rumsfeld was awarded the nationís highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Private industry

From 1977 to 1985, Rumsfeld 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. Rumsfeld served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Corporation from 1990 to 1993. A leader in broadband transmission, distribution, and access control technologies for cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting applications, the company pioneered the development of the first all-digital high definition television (HDTV) technology. After taking the company public and returning it to profitability, Mr. Rumsfeld returned to private business in late 1993. Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld served as Chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Public service

During his business career, Mr. Rumsfeld continued public service in a variety of posts, including: Member of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control Reagan Administration (1982-86); President Reagan's Special Envoy on the Law of the Sea Treaty (1982-83); Senior Advisor to President Reagan's Panel on Strategic Systems (1983-84); Member of the U.S. Joint Advisory Commission on U.S./Japan Relations.

Regan and Bush Administrations

Rumsfeld joined the Reagan Administration in 1983. He served as President Reagan's Special Envoy to the Middle East (1983 - 1984); Member of the National Commission on the 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 FCC's High Definition Television Advisory Committee (1992 - 1993).

Clinton administration

Rumsfeld continued to serve on important commissions during the Clinton Administration: Chairman, Commission on the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States (1998 - 1999); Member of the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission (1999 - 2000); and Chairman of the U.S. Commission to Assess National Security Space Management and Organization (2000).

Civic activities

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 Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the National Park Foundation. He was also a member of the U.S./Russia Business Forum and Chairman of the Congressional Leadership's National Security Advisory Group.

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