Kara L. Bue



Kara L. Bue is one of five founding   partners of Armitage International, L.C., a consulting firm that specializes in international business development, strategic planning, and problem solving.  Armitage International was formed in March 2005. 

From 2003-2005, Ms. Bue served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Stability within the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM).  Her direct responsibilities included supervision of the Offices of Regional Security and Arms Transfers; Plans, Policy and Analysis; and Weapons Removal and Abatement.  In that capacity, she managed programs involving government-to-government arms sales, coalition support and foreign military assistance, non-UN peacekeeping, critical infrastructure protection, destruction and security of small arms and light weapons, and humanitarian mine action.  Prior to her position in PM, she served for nearly two years as Special Assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage.  During that time, Ms. Bue advised the Deputy Secretary on South Asia, international security, and counterterrorism matters.                

From 1993 to 2000, Ms. Bue was in private practice as a corporate lawyer specializing in financial services law.  As an adjunct to her law practice, she participated in studies sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the legal aspects of homeland defense.  During law school, Ms. Bue held internships in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of the Army General Counsel, and private law firms.  Prior to law school, she served as Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Strategy & Resources); Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition; and as a policy analyst for SRS Technologies.  

Ms. Bue's political experience includes service on the Bush-Cheney Presidential Transition Team (2000-2001), the Bush-Quayle Presidential Transition Team (1988-1989), and Bush-Quayle Presidential Campaign (1988). Ms. Bue is a graduate of Brown University and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  She is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia. 

Ms. Bue serves on the Board of Directors of Michael Baker International, LLC, a global provider of engineering and consulting services; MAG-America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the humanitarian de-mining of war torn countries; and the U.S. Foundation of Bishop Strachan School, located in Toronto, Ontario.  Through the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School, she has taught courses on civil-military relations to foreign civilian and military participants, and managed defense reform programs in Peru and Cambodia.  Ms. Bue has authored opinion pieces on foreign policy that have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal – Asia.  She is a recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award and holds a Top Secret clearance.

E-mail: kara.bue@armitageinternational.com