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The Rumsfeld Era at the Pentagon: Inside Perspectives

Few Americans have spent more time near the center of power than former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. His years at the helm of the Pentagon have included momentous times, including the 9/11 attack. He was instrumental in devising the U.S. response to that attack and the overall U.S. strategy for the war on terrorism, including the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Now he has written Known and Unknown, a best-selling memoir of his half-century career, sharing previously undisclosed details that may force historians to rethink much of the conventional wisdom about recent history. Secretary Rumsfeld’s book reveals what happened behind the scenes during critical moments of the Bush administration, as the President’s inner circle debated how best to defend our country.

Kenneth Weinstein, Introductory Remarks

Hudson Institute President & CEO

Lewis Libby Panelist

Hudson Institute Senior Vice President and and former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney

General Peter Pace, Panelist

former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Donald Feith, Panelist

Hudson Senior Fellow and former

Jamie McIntyre Panelist

former Senior Pentagon correspondent for CNN

Donald Rumsfeld, Respondent

Former Secretary of Defense and author

Hudson Experts

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