14th Secretary of Defense of the United States, sworn in by Jimmy Carter, January 21, 1977

born September 19, 1927
New York City, New York


Career Track

Harold Brown was President Jimmy Carter's first choice as Secretary of Defense. It is easy to see why. His academic record is amazing and his prior service to the military and to the government in areas of national security made him an obvious choice.

Brown stepped down from office at the end of Carter's unsuccesful reelection campaign. Since leaving office, he has been a member of many prominent research projects at high-brow think tanks such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Miscellaneous Achievements

  • 1961: named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Year by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • 1961: Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award
  • 1962: awarded the Columbia University Medal of Excellence
  • 1983: published "Thinking About National Security: Defense and Foreign Policy in a Dangerous World"

references: www.defenselink.mil, http://www.access.gpo.gov/int/int028.html, http://www.af.mil/news/biographies/brown_h.html

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