1945 – Born on the 26th of April in Boston, Massachusetts.
1967 – Graduated and was then commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.
1973 – He left active duty and joined the office of the U.S. Defense Attache in Saigon.
1975 – With transportation options limited for removing the floating city, he personally decided to sail the flotilla of ships over 1000 miles to Subic Bay, Philippines against the wishes of both the Philippine and American governments.
1978 – He returned to the U.S. and started working as an aide to Senator Bob Dole.
1980 – Became a foreign policy advisor to President-elect Ronald Reagan.
1981-1983 – He was made a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, a high-ranking post in The Pentagon.
1983 – He was promoted to Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.
1989 – Serve as a special negotiator for the President on military bases in the Philippines, and as a mediator on water issues in the Middle East.
1991 – He was appointed a special emissary to King Hussein of Jordan.
1998 – Signed "The Project for the New American Century" letter (PNAC Letter) to President Bill Clinton.
2000 – He served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush as part of a group led by Condoleezza Rice that called itself The Vulcans.
2001 -The United States Senate confirmed him as Deputy Secretary of State.
2004 – He tendered his resignation on the 16th of November, the day after Powell announced his resignation as Secretary of State.
2006 – He was elected to the board of directors of the ConocoPhillips oil company.