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Donald Rumsfeld    

Secretary of Defense, (1975-1977; 2001-2006)

With one of the most recognized public service careers in modern times, Donald Rumsfeld held the position of secretary of defensetwice: from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald R. Ford, and again from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the former Navy pilot directed the Department of Defenses efforts in the Global War on Terror, while pressing the transformation of the military services and fashioning a new defense strategy to better meet the threats of the 21st Century.

Donald Rumsfeld is currently establishing the Rumsfeld Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with the twin goals of helping to foster Americas next generation of leaders and encouraging the advance of free markets and free political systems in the developing world. The Rumsfeld Foundation will provide fellowships in post-graduate studies and fund grants for projects such as micro enterprise. Rumsfeld is also a current member of the Hoovers Institute.

Rumsfelds public service career also includes his election to four terms in the U.S House of Representatives, White House chief of staff to President Gerald R. Ford, U.S. ambassador to NATO, assistant and counselor to President Richard Nixon and presidential envoy to the Middle East under President Ronald Reagan. In recognition for his public service, Rumsfeld has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award.

As CEO of two Fortune 500 companies, his work in the private sector has been equally impressive. Rumsfeld led the financial turnaround of the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle & Co., where, recognized for his efforts, he was named Outstanding Chief Executive Officer in the Pharmaceutical Industry by The Wall Street Transcript.

In his memoir, Known and Unknown (February 2011), Rumsfeld writes about his childhood and long political career, including anecdotes about everyone from Elvis Presley to his close friend and ally Dick Cheney. In his newest book, Rumsfelds Rules (May, 2013), Rumsfeld offers a candid look at success, failure, crises and moving up in business and government.

In January 2016, working in conjunction with mobile game developer WSC Solitaire, LLC, Rumsfeld released an iOS version of the card game solitaire, based on a variant played by Winston Churchill. Rumsfeld and the Churchill family intend to donate their profits from the game to charity

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Global Challenges of the 21st Century

With over five decades of public service in the legislative and executive branches, Donald Rumsfeld outlines the threats and challenges facing the free world. From Islamic extremism to demographic trends to cyberattacks, Rumsfeld examines the perils confronting the United States and her allies in this still young, uncertain century. He explains why domestic and international institutions designed for a distinctly different era urgently need to be refashioned for the fast-paced Information Age. Rumsfeld believes that the fount of American strength has always been the nation's ability to innovate and marshal its vast resources in creative ways.

A Conversation with Donald Rumsfeld on the State of the World

A statesman whose experience spans the Cold War to the War on Terror, Donald Rumsfeld is well positioned to examine the circumstances of our times. In his recent six years as U.S. Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld met with 133 world leaders, visited 75 countries, and logged over 750,000 miles in official travel. Drawing on his deep reservoir of knowledge and breadth of experience, he surveys the international geopolitical landscape, region by region. Known for challenging the cant of international diplo-speak and the dogmas of government bureaucracy, Rumsfeld offers a candid assessment of both the challenges and opportunities facing different regions of the world.

The State of the World: Global Challenges and Security Hot Spots in the 21st Century.

With more than five decades of public service in the legislative and executive branches, Donald Rumsfeld shares eye-opening stories from his illustrious career as he outlines the threats and challenges facing the free world and discusses the security ‘hot spots’ around the globe. Known for his outspoken candor and challenging the dogmas of government bureaucracy, he offers a candid assessment of the state of the world and international affairs. From Islamic extremism to demographic trends to cyber attacks, he examines the perils confronting the United States in this still young, uncertain century. He also explains why domestic and international institutions designed for a distinctly different era need to be refashioned for the fast-paced Information Age. A statesman whose experience spans from the Cold War to the war on terror, he surveys the international geopolitical landscape, region by region, and shows how this affects organizations and individuals alike. Rumsfeld believes that American strength has always been the nation’s ability to innovate and marshal its vast resources in creative way. He analyzes the current state of international relations and offers a forward-looking talk on how America – and American businesses – can best take advantage of our position on the global stage.

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Donald Rumsfeld Launches Churchill Solitaire Gaming App

Two-time defense secretary, White House chief of staff, pharmaceutical industry boss. But Donald Rumsfeld's resume now has a new, rather surprising addition: video-game app developer.

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