Douglas E. Lute served as the ambassador of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) from 2013 to 2017. From 2007 to 2013, Lute served at the White House under Presidents Bush and Obama, first as the assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, and more recently as the deputy assistant to the president, focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
In 2010, Ambassador Lute retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant general after 35 years on active duty. Prior to the White House, he served as the director of operations on the Joint Staff, overseeing U.S. military operations worldwide. He served multiple tours in NATO commands, including duty in Germany during the Cold War and commanding U.S. forces in Kosovo. He holds degrees from the United States Military Academy and Harvard University.
Last Updated: June 28, 2017