Carters Defense Secretary Harold Brown dies

first_imgCarter’s Defense Secretary Harold Brown dies Updated: 2:07 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img January 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown, who served under President Jimmy Carter, died at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, his family announced Saturday.Brown, a nuclear physicist and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, died Friday. He was 91.Carter nominated Brown to be defense secretary in 1977, and Brown served throughout the president’s term.As defense secretary, he successfully championed increasing the Pentagon budget and led the charge to develop cutting-edge defense systems, including guided missiles, stealth aircraft and satellite surveillance.His tenure covered a period that included Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis.Previously, in the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations, Brown held the posts of director of defense research and engineering and secretary of the Air Force.The man was born in New York City on Sept. 19, 1927, and attended public schools before heading to Columbia University on an accelerated wartime schedule, receiving an undergraduate degree in physics in 1945. He also attended graduate school at Columbia, receiving a doctorate in physics by age 21. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img

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