Harold Brown dies at 91

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Nation/World -

Harold Brown, who as de­fense sec­re­tary in the Carter ad­min­is­tra­tion cham­pi­oned cut­ting- edge fight­ing tech­nol­ogy dur­ing a ten­ure that in­cluded the failed res­cue of hostages in Iran, has died at age 91.

Brown died Fri­day. His sis­ter, Leila Bren­net, said he died at his home in Ran­cho Santa Fe, Calif.

Brown was a nu­clear physi­cist who led the Pen­tagon to mod­ern­ize its de­fense sys­tems with weap- ons that in­cluded pre­ci­sionguided 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 skep­ti­cism in­side the White House and from Democrats in Congress.

That tur­bu­lent pe­riod in­cluded the Soviet Union’s in­va­sion of Afghanistan and the Ira­nian hostage cri­sis.

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