Richard V. Allen
Richard Vincent Allen (born 1936) was the
United States National Security Advisorto President Ronald Reaganfrom 1981 to 1982.
Allen received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the
University of Notre Dame. He served as a senior staff member of President Nixon's National Security Council in 1968 and served various Republican administrations up to and including that of President Reagan.
In November 1981, while serving as Reagan's National Security Advisor, Allen was accused of receiving a bribe from a Japanese journalist for setting up an interview with First Lady
Nancy Reagan, that was done in January 1981. Ronald Reagansaid, in his diary, that the Japanese magazine gave cash gifts to people that it interviewed, and that Allen had stepped in to intercept the check to avoid embarrassment for Nancy Reagan, then gave the check to his secretary, who put the check in an office safe. Then when Allen changed offices, the check was found left in the safe. The FBI cleared everyone involved, then the Justice Department began its own investigation, and the story got leaked to the press. Reagan believes it was just political sabotage behind leaking the story. [Reagan, Ronald. edited by Douglas Brinkley" The Reagan Diaries" 2007. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-0876005] Although the claims were never proven, Allen was eventually pressured into resigning his position.
He is a senior fellow at the
Hoover Institution, and a member of the Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center Advisory Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States Defense Policy Board, the American Alternative Foundation, and the United States National Security Advisory Group. He also serves on the advisory council of the Nixon Center.
Allen is president of the Richard V. Allen Company, a Washington-based consulting services firm. He provides consulting services to international companies and organizations. He currently serves on APCO Worldwide's Iraq reconstruction task force and is considered one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington for
South Korean interests. [ [http://www.prfirms.org/news/spotlight/apco_reconstruction.asp APCO] @ PR Firms.org]
* Allen, Richard V. (1969). "Yearbook On International Communist Affairs 1968". Hoover Institution Press. ISBN 0-8179-1801-9.
* [http://www.nndb.com/people/703/000059526/ Richard V. Allen profile, NNDB] .
* [http://intelligence.house.gov/PDF/allen101101.pdf "Statement of Richard Allen] " before the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,
October 11, 2001.
* [http://www.newamericancentury.org/Bushletter.htm Letter to President Bush on the War on Terrorism] , signed by Richard V. Allen,
September 20, 2001.
* [http://webstorage3.mcpa.virginia.edu/poh/transcripts/ohp_2002_0528_allen.pdf Interview with Miller Center of Public Affairs - Presidential Oral History Program] .
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