|Douglas Edward Lute|
November 3, 1952 |
Michigan City, Indiana
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Commands held||Deputy National Security Advisor|
Douglas Edward Lute, born November 3, 1952, is the United States Permanent Representative to NATO, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He was nominated for the post by President Obama on May 23, 2013, and assumed his position on September 3, 2013.
On May 15, 2007, Lute was appointed by George W. Bush to serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. The New York Times referred to him as the "War Czar", since he occupied a senior advisory position responsible for overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was asked to stay on by new President Barack Obama as Obama's Special Assistant and Senior Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan. After leaving active duty in 2010, Lute remained in his position at the National Security Staff. He is married to Jane Holl Lute, who served as the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 through 2013.
Born in Michigan City, Indiana, on November 3, 1952, Lute graduated from the United States Military Academy (also known as West Point) in 1975. His first assignment was to the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bindlach, Germany, where he commanded C Troop. He received an MPA degree from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 1983 and taught in the Social Sciences department at West Point.
Following attendance at the British Army Staff College, he returned to the Second Cavalry as operations officer, serving both at the squadron and regimental levels. In 1990–91 he deployed and fought with the regiment in Operation Desert Storm, and later served on the staff of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
Lute commanded 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1992–94. He then served on the Joint Staff in the J-5 Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy, and held a War College Fellowship at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.
From 1998 to 2000 he commanded the Second Cavalry Regiment, part of XVIII Airborne Corps, at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 2001, he was appointed Brigadier General. He served next as the executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for 14 months before joining the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, as the Assistant Division Commander (Support). He commanded Multinational Brigade East in Kosovo for 6 months in 2002 before being assigned to United States European Command in January 2003 as the Deputy Director of Operations.
In June 2004, Lute began more than two years as Director of Operations (J-3) at United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), during which he oversaw combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other operations in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Horn of Africa. He was appointed to the rank of Major General in 2004, and to the rank of Lieutenant General in 2006. He assumed duties as Director of Operations, the Joint Staff, in September 2006.
On 10 August 2007, Lute stated that the United States should "consider" reinstating the military draft to relieve the "stressed" volunteer service from multiple tours of duty. This was immediately followed by a comment that it would be a major policy shift and that he did not see a current need for a draft.
Awards and decorations
During his military career he received:
- Defense Superior Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
- Bronze Star Medal
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Army Achievement Medal
- Parachutist Badge
- Ranger Tab
- Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
- Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
- Army Staff Identification Badge
- Press statement from the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, May 23, 2013
- "Bush picks Gen. Lute to "war czar" for Iraq". Reuters. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007.
- Cooper, Helene (2009-01-13). "War Czar for Bush to Keep His Job". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
- "Flag and General Officer Announcements". DefenseLink. May 22, 2001. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
- "Flag and General Officer Announcements". DefenseLink. October 29, 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
- "General Officer Announcement". DefenseLink. July 19, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
- "Obama may pick Lute for European command". Washington Post. February 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- "Iraq war czar: Consider a draft". Associated Press. August 10, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-08-11.
- Liberal Lobby Lacks Context. FactCheck.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-01.
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