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Former U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown dies at 91

Former U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown dies at 91

Harold Brown, who as United States defence secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology, has died at age 91.

Harold Brown

Mr. Brown was a nuclear physicist who led the Pentagon to modernize its defence systems with weapons that included precision-guided cruise missiles, stealth aircraft, advanced satellite surveillance and improved communications and intelligence systems.

He successfully campaigned to increase the Pentagon budget during his term, despite scepticism inside the White House and from Democrats in Congress.

Mr. Brown was born in New York City on Sept. 19, 1927, attended public schools and went to Columbia University on an accelerated wartime schedule, receiving an undergraduate degree in physics in 1945 and also went to graduate school at Columbia, receiving a doctorate in physics.

President Jimmy Carter nominated Mr. Brown to be defense secretary in 1977.

Mr. Carter awarded Brown the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Bill Clinton gave him the Energy Department’s Enrico Fermi Award for achievement in science and technology.

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