Ambassador Armitage is President of Armitage International, a respected Washington D.C. firm that provides critical support in the areas of international business development, strategic planning, and problem solving. Ambassador Armitage has had a long and distinguished diplomatic and government career, serving as Deputy Secretary of State from 2001 to 2004, and representing several presidents as a Special Negotiator, Special Mediator and Special Emissary. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Ambassador Armitage was also Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He was an advisor to Senator Robert Dole and to the Reagan presidential campaign.