Richard L. Armitage

  • Richard L. Armitage
    CSIS Trustee
  • Richard L. Armitage became president of Armitage International in 2005. From 2001 to 2005, he served as U.S. deputy secretary of state. From 1993 to 2001, prior to returning to government service, he was president of Armitage Associates L.C. In the course of his career, he has been engaged in a range of worldwide business and public policy endeavors, as well as frequent public speaking and writing. From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Armitage (with the personal rank of ambassador) directed U.S. assistance to the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. From 1989 to 1992, he filled key diplomatic positions as presidential special negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement and special mediator for water in the Middle East. President George H.W. Bush sent him as a special emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the l99l Gulf War. In the Pentagon from 1983 to 1989, he served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. Mr. Armitage came to Washington in 1975 as a Pentagon consultant and was posted in Tehran, Iran until 1976. Following two years in the private sector, he took the position of administrative assistant to Senator Robert Dole (R-KS) in 1978. In the 1980 Reagan campaign, Mr. Armitage was senior adviser to the Interim Foreign Policy Advisory Board. From 1981 to 1983, he was deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia and Pacific affairs. Mr. Armitage graduated in 1967 from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served on a destroyer stationed on the Vietnam gun line and subsequently completed three combat tours in Vietnam. Fluent in Vietnamese, he left active duty in 1973 and joined the U.S. defense attaché’s office in Saigon. Immediately prior to the fall of Saigon, he organized and led the removal of Vietnamese naval assets and personnel from the country. He has received numerous U.S. military decorations, as well as decorations from the governments of Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Bahrain, and Pakistan. On October 13, 2010, Mr. Armitage was appointed as an honorary companion of the Order of Australia. On December 15, 2005, he was awarded a KBE and became a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Mr. Armitage currently serves on the boards of ConocoPhillips, ManTech International Corporation, and Transcu Group Ltd. He is also a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He was most recently awarded the Department of State Distinguished Service Award and has received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service four times, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award.