Richard Armitage was the 13th United States Deputy Secretary of State, serving from 2001 to 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and then after the fall of Saigon moved to Washington D.C. to work as a consultant for the United States Department of Defense, which sent him to Tehran and Bangkok.
Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, Armitage worked as an aide and foreign policy advisor to politicians including Senator Bob Dole and President-elect Ronald Reagan. When Reagan was elected, Armitage was appointed to the Department of Defense. In the 1990s, Armitage worked in the private sector before being confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State with the election of George W. Bush in 2001. He left the post in 2005.
Armitage was educated at the United States Naval Academy. He is an avid bodybuilder, and speaks many languages, including Vietnamese.
Question: How will this age be remembered?
Armitage: Probably transitional. We’re in the . . . we’re in the stage . . . And I’m thinking back in the latter part of the 19th century, you had a united Germany come onto the stage, and that was part of the world. And in the 20th century, we had the United States come onto the stage, and that was extraordinarily important to the world. And now you’ve got a China rising followed closely by India. So I think there’s a huge transition, and this will be seen as a transition age. The rapidity of technology and information flow, etc., leads me to that conclusion.