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Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon made the following statement about the passing of former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger:

"I was saddened today to learn of the passing of former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger. Secretary Schlesinger was a tireless advocate for American military strength and superiority at a critical time in our nation’s history. As Secretary of Defense, Dr. Schlesinger devoted his career to ensuring that the American military had the resources it needed to defend against, and ultimately defeat, the Soviet Union. Dr. Schlesinger was the foremost intellectual architect of the policy of nuclear deterrence and I am especially grateful for his wise counsel to the Committee on those issues. Jim Schlesinger was a champion of a robust national defense. We could use more men like him in government today. ” 

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