Aug 7, 2020

Brent Scowcroft, longtime US security adviser, dies aged 95

Lt Gen Brent Scowcroft, a statesman who steered US national security policy for decades, has died of natural causes at the age of 95 in his Virginia home. Scowcroft was National Security Adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George HW Bush - the only person to serve two administrations in the role. Described as soft-spoken and gentle but tough, Scowcroft helped shape US actions after the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as the response to China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Scowcroft urged a US military response when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 and was behind Operation Desert Storm. Scowcroft served a number of roles in the US Air Force, including leading the Political Science Department at the Air Force Academy, Special Assistant to the Director of the Joints Chiefs of Staff and as Military Assistant to former President Nixon.

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