“Civility, mutual respect, putting country before self and country before party,” Gates said. “These virtues in this town are becoming … historic relics.”
Scowcroft was national security adviser to Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush, and served as President Nixon’s military assistant. He most recently helped President Obama form his national security team. Commissioned in 1947 as an officer in the Army Air Forces, which became the U.S. Air Force later that year, he rose to the rank of lieutenant general.