Douglas E. Lute, Ambassador of the United States to NATO, looked ahead to the Warsaw Summit next year and discussed the issues and challenges facing the Alliance. He spoke on the need for credible Alliance policies and capabilities to respond to a changing security environment including tensions with Russia, the impact of Daesh, unrest in North Africa and the Mediterranean migrant crisis, cyber and hybrid warfare and the UK’s contribution to NATO in the coming years.
In August 2013, Douglas E. Lute was sworn-in as the Ambassador of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 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 Advisor 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.