Ex-Pentagon, CIA chief Schlesinger dies at age 85
March 29, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
WASHINGTON -- James Schlesinger, a tenacious, blunt-talking former Pentagon chief who served as a cabinet officer under three U.S. presidents, died Thursday. He was 85.
A Harvard-educated economist who became a powerful figure in the 1970s, as well as an influential nuclear strategist, Schlesinger served as defense secretary under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and was named the country's first energy secretary under Jimmy Carter.
"Secretary Schlesinger was a brilliant economist and had a keen understanding of defense budgeting, our country's nuclear enterprise, and our most advanced weapons programs," Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said.