Richard P. Lawless is the President and CEO of U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail, LLC.  Mr. Lawless served the United States Government for over 20 years, most recently as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.  In this capacity Richard was responsible for formulating U.S. security and defense policy in the Asia-Pacific region, including East, South and Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.  He retired from this position in July 2007, but maintains an advisory role to the Secretary of Defense on Alliance transformation issues.   Prior to his appointment at the Department of Defense, Richard co-founded and served as the Chairman/CEO of U.S. Asia Commercial Development Cooperation from 1987-2002.  U.S. Asia and its affiliated companies, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei, specialized in telecommunications and information technology investment and market entry strategies in East Asia.  Mr. Lawless is also a co-founder and former Chairman of the internet technology development company, Online Environs, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. Lawless served as a career employee of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1972 through 1987, serving in Washington, D.C. and various postings in the Far East and Europe.  He specialized in subjects related to high technology, nuclear proliferation and Far East security issues.  Richard is a graduate of Bradley University’s School of International Studies (B.S. International Relations, Magna Cum Laude) and the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California (Korean language program).

Richard P. Lawless

Mark M. Walker is an Executive Vice President of U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail, LLC.  Mark is an executive manager and international affairs specialist with 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.  From 2001 to 2009, Mark served as a White House appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he specialized in U.S. defense policy with Asia and the Pacific.  During this time, Mark served for two years in Baghdad, Iraq as Chief of Staff for the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation (air, rail, surface and maritime) and later as Deputy Chief of Staff of the $21 billion Iraq Reconstruction Management Office at the U.S. Embassy.  Before starting his government service, Mark lived and worked in Beijing, China where he managed several telecom ventures for private investors.  From 1997 to 1998, Mark lived and worked in Bonn, Germany as a Foreign Policy Fellow in both the German Foreign Ministry (Auswärtiges Amt) and the German Parliament (Bundestag).  Mark earned his MBA from the Instituto de Empresa business school in Madrid, Spain and he earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  He speaks German, Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish and is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Mark M. Walker

Michael J. Finnegan is an Executive Vice President of U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail, LLC.  Prior to his retirement from active duty in November 2008, he served in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with over 27 years of Commissioned and Non-Commissioned service.  Since 1987, he served exclusively in the Asia-Pacific area.  As a Foreign Area Officer specializing in the political-military affairs of Northeast Asia, he served as the Senior Country Director for Korea for the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2003 to 2007, where he was responsible for Department of Defense policies related to the Korean Peninsula, and most recently served as a Special Assistant for Regional Strategy in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. He holds an A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University and is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington, D.C.  He is also a graduate of the Republic of Korea Army Staff College and speaks Korean.  As a researcher, he has published several papers and articles on Northeast Asian security issues, including prospects for multilateral security cooperation in Northeast Asia, trilateral security relations between the U.S., Japan and PRC, regional implications of ballistic missile defense, future security strategies for Korea, and Republic of Korea Armed Forces modernization efforts.  His current research efforts include issues related to the U.S.-ROK security alliance, U.S.-Japan security alliance, U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation, and energy and environmental security in Northeast Asia, as well as questions related to constructing a peace and security regime on the Korean Peninsula and Korean unification.

Michael J. Finnegan

Mel Richmond is the Chief Operating Officer of U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail, LLC.  Throughout a 35-year government career, Mel successfully built, managed and led numerous programs of national importance and myriad high-performing organizations varying from as few as 30 to well over 1500 people.  Prior to joining USJHSR, Mel was the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and the Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asia-Pacific, who were responsible to the Secretary of Defense for policies and practices advancing United States national security objectives in the Asian and Pacific regions.  From 1996 to 2005, Mel served in the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office as the Chief of Staff and Senior Director for Policy.  From May 1994 until June 1995, Mel led U.S. activities in Vietnam to account for U.S. serviceman still missing from the Vietnam War.  Mr. Richmond retired from the United States Army in September 2000 at the rank of Colonel following 26 years of uniformed service.  During his service in the Army and as a DoD civilian, he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award.  He also received the 1998 Paul H. Nitze Award for excellence in International Security Affairs.  Mel holds a Master of Military Arts and Science for Operational Art and a Master of Military Arts and Science in History from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.  He also attended MIT’s program, Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest.

Melvin E. Richmond, Jr.

Ian Rainey joined U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail, LLC as Executive Director in September 2009.  Prior to joining USJHSR, Ian worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for three years, where he specialized in U.S. defense policy in Afghanistan.  From 1997 to 2004, Ian was on active duty in the U.S. Navy.  His service included tours as a shipboard engineer and navigator, and as a staff officer at U.S. Naval Forces Europe headquarters in London.  Ian earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 and his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2006.  He speaks French and Ukrainian.

Ian A. Rainey

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