Douglas Lute, Retired Three-Star General and Former Ambassador to NATO in Obama-Biden Administration, Joins BGR Group as Chair of International and Defense Practices


January 25, 2021 – BGR Group, Washington, D.C.’s premier bipartisan lobbying and public relations firm, today announced that Douglas Lute (Lieutenant General, US Army, Retired) will join the firm as Chair of the firm’s international and defense practices, a game-changing addition to BGR’s all-star lineup of professionals.

Over his 45-year career in the U.S. military and as a senior adviser and diplomat, Ambassador Lute has built extensive relationships with national security, military and diplomatic leaders in the Biden administration, in Congress, and internationally.  Ambassador Lute’s familiarity with American foreign policy and today’s policymakers gives him the unique ability to help clients understand the Biden team’s approach to international security challenges and opportunities, and America’s relationships with its allies and partners.

Ambassador Lute served six years in the White House across two administrations, including the entire first term of the Obama-Biden administration where he served as Coordinator for South Asia. During the second Obama-Biden administration, he was the U.S. Ambassador to NATO where he focused on the 30-nation alliance’s responses to new security challenges in Europe and the Middle East.  Ambassador Lute also served under President George W. Bush as Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007 to 2009.

“I am honored to be joining the outstanding bipartisan team at BGR,” Ambassador Lute said. “I look forward to contributing in the international and defense arenas where both challenges and opportunities will grow in the coming years.”

“Ambassador Lute will be a tremendous asset to BGR’s clients,” BGR Founding Partner Ed Rogers said. “His breadth of knowledge and experience are unparalleled. He has a keen understanding of who the decision makers are and how they execute their decision-making processes. We look forward to having him on our team.”

Ambassador Lute is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a decorated military officer of 35 years. He served as the Director of Operations on the Joint Staff overseeing U.S. military operations worldwide.  He also was the Director of Operations at U.S. Central Command in the Middle East, had several tours as a NATO commander, served in combat during Operation Desert Storm.

“We welcome Ambassador Lute to BGR,” said Bob Wood, CEO of BGR Group. “His hiring adds Democratic heft to our already robust bipartisan international and defense teams. “

Ambassador Lute earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 1983, then taught in the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Social Sciences. He is member of the board of the Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, charter member of the Senior Military Advisory Group of the United States Institute of Peace, and a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including three Defense Distinguished Service medals and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award.

Ambassador Lute is married to Jane Holl Lute, a former career officer in the U.S. Army, a former Under-Secretary General at the United Nations, and the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama-Biden administration from 2009 to 2013.


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