“It is with deep sadness that I extend my condolences on the passing of former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown,” expressed Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan in a statement.
“Dr. Brown led a remarkable life, first as an academic and scientist, and then as a public servant in a variety of prominent roles, including Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Secretary of the Air Force, and our 14th Secretary of Defense.”
“He shaped our nation’s military for more than two decades, revolutionizing the development of naval munitions, renovating America’s post-Vietnam War weapons platforms, developing stealth aircraft, and leading nuclear weapons research.”
“As Secretary of Defense, Dr. Brown’s steady leadership piloted our nation through a consequential segment of the Cold War.”
“His focus on deterrence through a strong nuclear triad facilitated long-term peace and stability in the United States and Europe.”
“Following his Department of Defense service, Dr. Brown continued to offer his insight and experience to our nation’s military and political leaders.”
“His wisdom and counsel were sought by leaders from five presidential administrations. We in the Department of Defense are forever grateful for Harold Brown’s devoted leadership and lifetime of service.”
Additionally, Kevin Sweeney, Pentagon chief of staff resigned over the weekend after serving the defense secretary for two years.
(More personnel changes are afoot at the Pentagon as Rear Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney’s departure comes soon after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned in December. Courtesy of CBS Philly and YouTube. Posted on an 6, 2019.)
“I’ve decided the time is right to return to the private sector,” Sweeney said in a brief statement posted on the Department of Defense website late Saturday night.
“It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense.”
Sunday morning, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan praised Sweeney in a pair of tweets stating,“we’re going to miss him here at the Pentagon.”
“I greatly appreciate Kevin Sweeney’s service to our nation, first as a Navy officer of more than 30 years, and then as the Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Defense for the past two years.”
1 of 2: I greatly appreciate Kevin Sweeney’s service to our nation, first as a Navy officer of more than 30 years, and then as the Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Defense for the past two years.
— Acting SecDef Pat Shanahan (@DepSecDef) January 6, 2019