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Richard V. Allen

Richard V. AllenAKA Richard Vincent Allen

Born: 1-Jan-1936
Birthplace: Collingswood, NJ

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Activist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Reagan National Security Advisor

In Los Angeles in January 1977, Ronald Reagan floated something past his chief foreign policy advisor: "Dick, my idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: We win and they lose. What do you think of that?" Evidently, Allen approved. After Reagan won the 1980 election, he brought Allen to the White House as his National Security Advisor.

Allen resigned on 4 January 1982 as a result of political infighting within the administration which had irreparably damaged his working relationship with the President. At the time there were reports that Allen's departure had occurred under a cloud of controversy -- according to news stories, he had allegedly received a $1,000 bribe from a Japanese magazine in exchange for an interview with First Lady Nancy Reagan. This despite the fact that investigations by both the Justice Department and the White House Counsel found no reason to pursue the matter.

As far as can be determined, the story goes like this: Allen attempted to set up the interview for the Japanese magazine, but failed for whatever reason. So some White House aide wound up arranging the thing, at which Allen happened to be present. Following the interview, the journalists attempted to hand over $1,000 in cash to the First Lady, but Allen reached in and "intercepted" the honorarium. He handed it to his secretary with instructions that the money be sent to the Treasury Department. Unfortunately, the secretary threw the money in Allen's office safe and forgot about it.

Daughter: Kas
Daughter: Kristin
Daughter: Karen

    University: BA, University of Notre Dame (1957)
    University: MA Political Science, University of Notre Dame (1958)
    University: University of Freiburg, Germany
    University: University of Munich, Germany

    White House National Security Advisor 1981-82
    US National Security Council
    Defense Policy Board
    Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
    American Center for Democracy
    Capital Research Center Advisory Board
    Catholic Campaign for America Board Member
    Center for Strategic & International Studies Advisory Board
    Citizens for the Republic
    Committee for a Free World
    Committee on the Present Danger
    Council for National Policy 1988-
    Council on Foreign Relations
    George W. Bush for President
    The Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow
    Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
    Intercollegiate Studies Institute Board of Trustees
    International Crisis Group Advisory Council
    John McCain 2008
    Knights of Malta
    Nixon Center
    Project for the New American Century
    Republican National Committee Advisory Council on National Security and International Affairs
    Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Board of Governors, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation


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