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The Honorable Richard L. Armitage

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Richard L. Armitage is President of Armitage International. He has served in a number of senior national security posts in government, most recently as Deputy Secretary of State. From March 1992 until his departure from public service in May 1993, Mr. Armitage (with the personal rank of Ambassador) directed U.S. assistance to the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. From 1989 through 1992, Mr. Armitage filled key diplomatic positions as Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement and Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East. President Bush sent him as a Special Emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. In the Pentagon from June 1983 to May 1989, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Mr. Armitage is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.