Rums­feld up­date

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

For­mer De­fense Sec­re­tar y Don­ald H. Rums­feld has moved to new of­fices on M Street North­west where he is work­ing on set­ting up a new foun­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to Larr y Di Rita, a for­mer Pen­tagon spokesman and Rums­feld aide.

Mr. Di Rita said a news re­port that Mr. Rums­feld would go into the de­fense con­tract­ing busi­ness is false and “laugh­able.” He noted that Mr. Rums­feld has shunned the de­fense in­dus­try since the 1970s, af­ter his first stint as de­fense sec­re­tary. “He has no in­ter­est in that stuff,” he said.

In­stead, Mr. Rums­feld, who un­til re­cently worked in of­fice space in Ross­lyn dur­ing a tran­si­tion from the Pen­tagon post, has set up DHR Hold­ings LLC.

“He’s con­sid­er­ing a lot of things but he wants to re­main en­gaged in pub­lic pol­icy is­sues and is in the process of cre­at­ing a foun­da­tion that would in­volve teach­ing and re­search fel­low­ships for grad­u­ate and post-grad­u­ate stu­dents,” Mr. Di Rita said.

The goal is to pro­mote con­tin­ued U.S. en­gage­ment in world af­fairs in fur­ther­ance of U.S. se­cu­rity in­ter­ests, Mr. Di Rita said.

Mr. Rums­feld has not de­cided on writ­ing his mem­oirs, but if he does, all pro­ceeds would go to sup­port the foun­da­tion, he said.

Mr. Rums­feld di­vides his time be­tween a res­i­dence in Wash­ing­ton, a home on the East­ern Shore and a ranch in Taos, New Mex­ico.

Bill Gertz cov­ers the Pen­tagon. He can be reached at 202/6363274 or at bgertz@wash­ing­ton­

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