ARLINGTON, VA — The National Defense Industrial Association mourns the passing of retired Air Force Lt. Gen. and two-time former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, who died Thursday, Aug. 6, at his home in Falls Church, VA. He was 95.
Scowcroft served as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, the only person to be appointed to the position under two different administrations.
The Bush administration’s successful international strategy for the Persian Gulf War can be attributed to Scowcroft’s oversight, planning and leadership. Additionally, his clear-eyed understanding of international affairs and the tools of statecraft were a key part of the Bush administration’s peaceful winding-down of the Cold War and the first bloodless reunification of Germany in history.
Though Scowcroft served under Republican administrations, it was his bipartisan, coalition-building approach to foreign policy that set a high standard for the position of national security adviser. As an Air Force warrior and as a statesman, he strove for the ultimate goal, a better peace.
Scowcroft received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1991. In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II named him a Knight Commander of the British Empire.
NDIA salutes Brent Scowcroft for his dedication to freedom and justice for all. We honor his passing and extend condolences to his family, friends and those who served with him.
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