Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, one of the architects of the Iraq War, has been appointed a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, the institution announced Friday.
Rumsfeld served as President George W. Bush's Defense Secretary from 2001 to 2006. He had previously served in the same post for President Gerald Ford from 1975-1977 and as Ford's White House Chief of Staff prior to that. He also served four terms in the House of Representatives in the 1960s representing suburban Chicago.
"Don has had immense experience in public service and has much to contribute to society as a result. I am pleased that he will spend time during the coming year in thinking, writing, and advising on important matters of public policy," Hoover Institution Director John Raisian said.
Rumsfeld will be part of a new institution task force focusing on issues related to ideology and terrorism.
"I have asked Don to join the distinguished group of scholars that will pursue new insights on the direction of thinking that the United States might consider going forward," Raisian said. "I am delighted that he will participate in the deliberations of our task force."
Rumsfeld has previously served as a member of the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers.
Hoover Institution spokeswoman Michele Horaney said the timetable for when Rumsfeld will arrive on the Stanford campus and if he will participate in any public activities has not been determined.