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Amb. Douglas Lute

Former United States Ambassador to NATO

Ambassador Douglas Lute (Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired), is Chair, International and Defense Practices at BGR Group. Over his long, distinguished career in the U.S. military and as a senior White House advisor and diplomat, Ambassador Lute has built extensive relationships with national security, diplomatic and military leaders in America and around the world.

Ambassador Lute’s familiarity with American foreign policy and today’s policymakers gives him unique insight into the Biden team’s approach to international security and America’s relationships with its allies and partners.

Ambassador Lute spent six years in the White House during two administrations, including the entire first term of the Obama-Biden Administration, where he served as Coordinator for South Asia. During the second Obama-Biden term, he was U.S. Ambassador to NATO, where he focused on the 30-nation alliance’s responses to new security challenges in Europe and the Middle East.

Ambassador Lute also served under President George W. Bush as Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007-2009.

Since leaving government in 2017, he has consulted on a wide range of security issues, including cyber security, which is an increasingly important challenge to governments and the private sector.

Ambassador Lute graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is a decorated military officer of 35 years. He was Director of Operations on the Joint Staff overseeing U.S. military operations worldwide. He also was Director of Operations at U.S. Central Command in the Middle East, had several tours as a NATO commander, and served in combat during Operation Desert Storm.

Ambassador Lute earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 1983 and then taught in the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Social Sciences. He is a member of the board of the Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a charter member of the Senior Military Advisory Group of the United States Institute of Peace, and a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including three Defense Distinguished Service Medals and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award.

Ambassador Lute is married to Jane Holl Lute, a former career officer in the U.S. Army, a former Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations, and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama-Biden Administration from 2009-2013.

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