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By Jeff Schogol, Staff Writer
Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger has died, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he served as a counselor and trustee. He was 85.
Schlesinger served as secretary of defense from 1973 until 1975 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. When he left the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld took his place.
“Joyce and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our friend, Jim Schlesinger,” Rumsfeld said in a statement on Thursday. “Jim was a dedicated public servant, a skilled economist, and an American patriot who served in senior positions in three presidential administrations.