Richard A. Nelson is the President and COO of AALC, Limited Company and was a founding partner of AALC’s predecessor, Armitage Associates L.C. In addition to managing his firm, his private sector activities include: advising and assisting US and foreign companies in international operations; advising and assisting U.S. companies in utilizing US Government resources such as the US Export Import Bank, Oversea Private Investment Corporation, and other forms of assistance from the Departments of State, Defense, other departments and agencies; assisting directly in the successful sale of $200 million of U.S. Eximbank financed agricultural equipment; defining market opportunities and strategies throughout Asia for US and foreign companies to include Thailand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc.; providing reputation based due diligence and political analysis for companies considering overseas projects; and advising U.S. firms on activities with international multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr. Nelson previously held senior operational and policy positions as a career military officer and as a senior executive for the Department of State.
From March 1992 until he left public service in May 1993, Mr. Nelson served as Senior Advisor for Programs for the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to the New Independent States (NIS), Ambassador Richard L. Armitage. In this position he was responsible for managing the expenditure of $100 million dollars for transportation of humanitarian assistance and $652 million for technical assistance in the NIS. This position required extensive liaison with all agencies and departments of the US Government as well as effective utilization of the interagency process while coordinating all issues with the US Congress. Further, these programs required the development and maintenance of significant foreign government contacts, especially in the coordination of US assistance to the NIS with its allies. In January 1992, the necessity to initiate a massive and immediate international humanitarian assistance effort in the NIS resulted in Mr. Nelson being asked to assist President Bush's On-Site Coordinator for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to the former Soviet Union.
Previous to this, Mr. Nelson served on active military duty as an officer and pilot with the U.S. Navy detailed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense from July 1990 through January 1992 to serve as military assistant to the President's Special Negotiator for the Philippine Bases Agreement. He traveled as a member of and supported the official U.S. delegation on eight visits to the Philippines, facilitating protracted negotiations during a difficult period in U.S. relations with the Philippines.
Mr. Nelson served in numerous positions while on active military duty including: Assistant Director for Reserve Personnel Policy and Compensation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon from September 1987 through July 1990; Commanding Officer of the Reserve Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center; Reserve Programs Director at Naval Air Station Willow Grove, PA; Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander flying P-3 aircraft in pursuit of Soviet submarines; Department Head in charge of all Naval Officer recruiting in the U.S. Navy Recruiting District, New York; and Primary Flight Instructor in Pensacola, FL. He left active military service in September 1978 and was employed as a commercial airline pilot by Continental Airlines until his recall to active duty in August 1980.
Mr. Nelson retired from active military service in September 1991. During his career he was awarded the Navy Reserve Medal, the National Defense Medal, three Meritorious Unit Citations, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Born September 1, 1947, Mr. Nelson attended Cornell University, graduating in 1969. He currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife.
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