Military Leadership


Trainor: Rumsfeld Likely to Leave ‘Very Negative’ Legacy as Defense Secretary

Marine Lieut. Gen. (ret.) Bernard E. Trainor interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Retired Marine Lieut. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, who has coauthored a book on the planning for the Iraq war, says that departing Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld will probably leave a “negative legacy” as a result of his insistence on refusing military requests to plan adequately for the chaos that arose in Iraq.

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History Makers Series: General Richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force (Retired), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speaker: Richard B. Myers
Presider: Eliot A. Cohen

As part of the HBO-sponsored History Makers Series, Richard B. Myers discusses his distinguished military career, ending as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and military advisor to President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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Gelb: Rumsfeld’s Resignation Should Have Been Accepted a Year Ago

Leslie H. Gelb interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of CFR, and a former Pentagon and State Department official in the Johnson and Carter administrations, says the public criticism of Secretary of Defense Donald M. Rumsfeld by some retired senior military officers is due to their unhappiness "that they didn't speak up earlier, speak up while they were on the job."

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Task Force Report No. 44

Chinese Military Power

The rise of China has long been a growing concern among U.S. foreign policymakers. Of particular concern is the strength of Chinese military power and its relation to U.S. military capability. This important report assesses the situation and concludes that China is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. If the United States continues to dedicate significant resources to improving its own military forces, as expected, the balance between the United States and China, both globally and in Asia, is likely to remain decisively in America’s favor beyond the next twenty years.

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