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: Who are you?
Richard Armitage: My name is Rich Armitage. I’m not the President of Armitage International. I was previously the Deputy Secretary of State, and before that the Assistant Secretary of Defense.I was born in Boston and I grew up in Decatur, Georgia. I guess it made me a big sports fan, actually. Because if you live in the South, it’s a mad football area. It … Football was the sport that I played through high school. It got me a scholarship to college, which happened to be the U.S. Naval Academy. I would say I had a football coach by the name of George Maloof who is still alive in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a great Sugar Bowl and touchdown scorer for Georgia Tech years and years ago. He taught me a lot about sticking to things and giving 110%. The piece of advice I received when I was young came from my father. And it was, “Always tell the truth. That way you won’t have to remember what you told anyone.”
Recorded on: 9/14/07