Public Papers

Nomination of Richard L. Armitage To Be Secretary of the Army


The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard L. Armitage to be Secretary of the Army. He would succeed John O. Marsh.

Mr. Armitage has served in several capacities at the Department of Defense, including Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1983 to present, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for East Asia, 1981 - 1983. From 1979 to 1983, Mr. Armitage established a Washington-based consulting firm specializing in Asian affairs, and he worked in the foreign policy office of the Reagan Presidential campaign. Mr. Armitage has served as administrative assistant to Senator Robert Dole of Kansas, 1978 - 1979; consultant to the Pentagon, 1975 - 1976; and Naval and Marine Corps adviser with the U.S. Defense Attache Office in Saigon, 1973 - 1975. He is a member of the Association of Asian Studies and the World Affairs Council.

Mr. Armitage graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967, where he received a commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Armitage was born in 1945, in Boston, MA. He is married, has seven children, and resides in Vienna, VA.