— By Domani Spero
On May 23, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Douglas E. Lute as the United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The WH released the following brief bio:
Douglas E. Lute is Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for South Asia on the White House National Security Staff. He retired from active duty in the United States Army as a Lieutenant General in 2010, after 35 years of service. From 2007 to 2009, he was Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2006 to 2007, he was Director of Operations (J3) on the Joint Staff. Previously, from 2004 to 2006, he was Director of Operations for the United States Central Command. General Lute’s previous positions include Deputy Director of Operations for the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany; Assistant Division Commander in the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany; Commander of U.S. Forces in Kosovo; and Commander of the Second Cavalry Regiment.
He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
If confirmed, General Lute would succeed Ivo Daalder who has been the U.S. Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since May 2009. Previous occupants of this position includes Victoria Nuland, R. Nicholas Burns, Donald Rumsfeld, and William Henry Draper, Jr. who served as the first U.S. Ambassador to NATO in Paris.
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