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Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time defense secretary and one-time presidential candidate whose reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a modern U.S. military was soiled by the long and costly Iraq War, has died, his family said in a statement. He was 88."It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald Rumsfeld, an American statesman and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather," the statement said. "At 88, he was surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico."Regarded by former colleagues as equally smart and combative, patriotic and politically cunning, Rumsfeld had a storied career under four presidents and nearly a quarter century in corporate America.Rumsfeld is the only person to serve twice as Pentagon chief. The first time, from 1975 to 1977, he was the youngest ever. The next time, from 2001 to 2006, he was the oldest.He made a brief run for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, a spectacular flop that he once described as humbling for a man used to success at the highest levels of the government, including stints as White House chief of staff, U.S. ambassador and member of Congress.For all Rumsfeld's achievements, it was the setbacks in Iraq in the twilight of his career that will likely etch the most vivid features of his legacy.Nine months into his second tour as defense secretary, on September 11, 2001, suicide hijackers attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, thrusting the nation into wars for which the military was ill-prepared. Rumsfeld oversaw the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and toppling of the Taliban regime. Frequently presiding at televised briefings on the war, Rumsfeld became something of a TV star, applauded for his blunt talk and uncompromising style.By 2002 the Bush administration's attention shifted to Iraq, which played no role in the 9/11 attacks. The war effort in Afghanistan took a back seat to Iraq, opening the way for the Taliban to make a comeback and prevent the U.S. from sealing the success of its initial invasion.The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was launched in March 2003. Baghdad fell quickly, but U.S. and allied forces soon became consumed with a violent insurgency. Critics faulted Rumsfeld for dismissing the pre-invasion assessment of the Army's top general, Eric Shinseki, that several hundred thousand allied troops would be needed to stabilize Iraq.Rumsfeld twice offered his resignation to President George W. Bush in 2004 amid disclosures that U.S. troops had abused detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison — an episode he later referred to as his darkest hour as defense secretary.Not until November 2006, after Democrats gained control of Congress by riding a wave of antiwar sentiment, did Mr. Bush finally decide Rumsfeld had to go. He left office in December, replaced by Robert Gates.After retiring in 2008, he headed the Rumsfeld Foundation to promote public service and to work with charities that provide services and support for military families and wounded veterans."Rummy," as he was often called, was ambitious, witty, energetic, engaging and capable of great personal warmth. But he irritated many with his confrontational style. An accomplished wrestler in college, Rumsfeld relished verbal sparring and elevated it to an art form; a biting humor was a favorite weapon.Still, he built a network of loyalists who admired his work ethic, intelligence and impatience with all who failed to share his sense of urgency.Rumsfeld is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children and seven grandchildren.This story was originally published by CBS News on June 30, 2021 at 3:29 p.m. ET. RELATED CONTENT:Jenna Bush Hager Pays Tribute to George H.W. Bush on Anniversary of His DeathThis video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.George W. Bush Opens Up About His Friendship With Michelle ObamaSully, George H.W. Bush's Service Dog, Honored With Statue in New YorkGeorge W. Bush Urges Unity in Congratulating Joe Biden & Kamala Harris 

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Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time defense secretary and one-time presidential candidate whose reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a modern U.S. military was unraveled by the long and costly Iraq war, died Tuesday. He was 88.

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From Law & Order universe creator Dick Wolf comes another spinoff, For the Defense, which will go inside the criminal defense system. The NBC series is the latest new installment of the franchise to follow Organized Crime, which marked the return of Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler. According to NBC, Law & Order: For the Defense “will take an unbiased look inside a criminal defense firm. The series will put the lawyers under the microscope, along with the criminal justice system with every week delivering the promise of a contemporary morality tale.”While Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) will serve as showrunner and executive producer, along with Wolf, Arthur Forney, Julie Weitz and Peter Jankowski, no casting news has been announced.   “This new show is exciting for me personally,” Wolf said in a statement. “We spent the last 30 years on shows that played offense. Now it will be great to play defense, and being able to do it with Carol is an honor and an opportunity for both of us to do television that hasn’t been done before.”“We can’t wait to bring audiences the latest chapter of Law & Order, which will explore a different angle of the criminal justice system,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We’re excited about Dick Wolf’s perpetually thought-provoking approach as well his collaboration with Carol Mendelsohn, who we have been eager to do a series with for a long time.”Currently, the Law & Order universe includes Special Victims Unit, which is now the longest-running live-action series on TV, Organized Crime and the upcoming For the Defense in addition to the hit Chicago series, Fire, Med and P.D., all of which air on NBC. Wolf has also created FBI and FBI Most Wanted for CBS. RELATED CONTENT:'Law & Order SVU’s Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler Reunite During Emotional Crossover EventThis video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.Embed CodeRestart'Law & Order SVU’s Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler Reunite During Emotional Crossover EventDylan McDermott Dishes on His 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' RoleDanielle Moné Truitt Talks 'Law & Order' Role and Benson ComparisonsChris Meloni on 'Maxxx' and Returning to the 'Law & Order' Universe