Douglas E. Lute
Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Lieutenant General, US Army, Retired
Since 2007 Douglas Lute has served at the White House, first as the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, and now as President Obama's Special Assistant for Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Asia. Prior to the White House, he served as the Director of Operations on the Joint Staff, overseeing U.S. military operations worldwide. In August 2010, Doug retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years on active duty. He holds degrees from the United States Military Academy and Harvard University. He and his wife, Jane Holl Lute, live in Arlington, Virginia.