NEWPORT, R.I. - The Honorable Richard L. Armitage will deliver the graduation address to approximately 520 students of the Naval War College during a ceremony on Dewey Field at Naval Station Newport, starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 11.
The resident graduating class includes 303 members of the U.S. Navy, U.S.
Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, and civilian
government employees and 120 international students from 68 countries. One
thousand forty-two students are graduating this year from the College of
Distance Education, after having completed coursework through the Naval War
College Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in California, the Fleet
Seminar Program at 20 locations throughout the U.S., or the Naval War College's web-enabled and correspondence programs. One hundred and seven of the non-resident students are participating in the graduation ceremony.
The Naval War College’s rigorous academic program consists of core curriculum courses from the Strategy and Policy, Joint Military Operations and National Security Decision Making departments. The resident program and Fleet Seminar Program feature seminar-based coursework that promotes debate and in-depth discussion on global case studies.
Depending on the program completed, U.S. students receive Joint Professional Military Education credit and either a Naval War College diploma or a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Graduates from the international programs receive a diploma.
Armitage is currently the president of Armitage International, a company that assists multinational clients with international business development, strategic planning and problem-solving.
Armitage graduated in 1967 from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served on a destroyer stationed on the Vietnam gunline and subsequently completed three combat tours with the riverine/advisory forces in Vietnam. Fluent in Vietnamese, Mr. Armitage left active duty in 1973 and joined the U.S. Defense Attache Office, Saigon. Immediately prior to the fall of Saigon, he organized and led the removal of Vietnamese naval assets and personnel from the country.
Armitage has held various government positions, including Deputy Secretary of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Presidential Special Negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement, Special Mediator for Water in the Middle East, and Special Emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. Armitage (with the personal rank of Ambassador) also directed U.S. assistance to the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union.
The Naval War College has been educating leaders for 125 years. The Naval War College's missions today are developing strategic and operational leaders, helping the Chief of Naval Operations define the future Navy, strengthening maritime security cooperation and supporting combat readiness.
By David Reese, NWC Public Affairs
NOTE FOR MEDIA: Media interested in covering the graduation should contact the Naval War College Public Affairs Office at (401) 841-2220 to confirm attendance. Please respond by noon Thursday, June 10, with names of all representatives, in order to coordinate access. A photo ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance are required to enter Naval Station Newport at Gate One.