Douglas Edward Lute is a lieutenant general in the United States Army. On 15 May 2007, Lute was nominated by George W. Bush to serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, also known as the "War Czar", in the George W. Bush administration. The position will oversee the War in Iraq and War in Afghanistan.. He was kept in his post by new President Barack Obama.
Born in Michigan City, Indiana on November 2, 1952, Lute graduated from the United States Military Academy at 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. On June 28, 2007, the Senate confirmed Lute to serve as the Deputy National Security Advisor.
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.