Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Harold Brown


Harold Brown was one of the best-qualified and most effective defense secretaries who ever served our nation. He knew firsthand the price of war and why it was important to develop the conditions for peace.

Harold Brown had a clear-eyed understanding of the importance of national defense in a troubled world and was responsible for a very successful build-up of U.S. military capability after the Vietnam War. At the same time, he realized the balance needed to de-escalate the tensions caused by the terrible weapons created after World War II. He helped to develop discussions that led to the Camp David Accords and Salt II Treaty.

Rosalynn and I extend condolences to his family and many friends and colleagues.