BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Americas
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 



The BBC's Jonathan Marcus
"It is going to be quite interesting"
 real 28k

The BBC's Philippa Thomas
"He was defence secretary 25 years ago"
 real 56k

Thursday, 28 December, 2000, 19:30 GMT
Bush names defence secretary
George W Bush and Donald Rumsfeld
George W Bush presents Donald Rumsfeld for the first time
US President-elect George W Bush has said he will nominate Donald Rumsfeld to the key post of secretary of defence.


He is going to be a great secretary of defence - again

George W Bush on Donald Rumsfeld
The announcement came after Mr Bush returned to Washington for two days of discussions on his new team, with several more key cabinet appointments expected.

"I hope to have the Cabinet completed at the end of the first week of January. But don't hold me to it though," Mr Bush said.

In appointing Mr Rumsfeld, who had been thought likely to head the CIA, the president-elect passed over former Senator Dan Coats, who had been widely tipped for the defence job.

The Bush foreign policy team is dominated by senior ex-Pentagon officials - now including Mr Rumsfeld, who served as defence secretary under President Ford in the mid 1970s.

Experience

"This is a man who has got great judgment. He's got strong vision," said Mr Bush, annoucing his choice of Mr Rumsfeld.

The Ford administration veteran, 68, has also represented the state of Illinois in the House of Representatives and was the US ambassador to Nato under President Richard Nixon.

When Gerald Ford appointed him defence secretary in 1975, he was the youngest ever person to serve in the post.

"He is going to be a great secretary of defence - again," said Mr Bush.

Pentagon experience

The Bush foreign policy team is dominated by people with top-level Pentagon experience.

Vice-President elect Dick Cheney is himself a former defence secretary, while future Secretary of State Colin Powell was America's highest-ranking general.

Dick Cheney
Vice-President elect Dick Cheney was Defence Secretary during the Gulf War
The Bush administration's National Security Adviser - Condoleezza Rice - also had a brief stint in the Pentagon.

The BBC defence correspondent says that rebuilding America's defence is one of the corner-stones of George W Bush's approach to foreign policy, so the new defence secretary could have a key role in helping to shape priorities and guide this whole process through.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE

Inauguration:

Bush presidency:

PICTURE GALLERIES

Texts and transcripts:

AUDIO VIDEO

TALKING POINT
See also:

29 Dec 00 | Americas
Donald Rumsfeld: Republican veteran
08 Nov 00 | Americas
Dead man wins Senate seat
16 Dec 00 | Americas
Pressure mounts for electoral reform
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories