Since September 2007, Douglas Lute is a lieutenant general in the United States Army, currently serving as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. He is married to Jane Holl Lute, also a national security professional and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
His immediate maneger is Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs James L. Jones, a retired United States Marine Corps general. With Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and Army General David Petraeus, they are the closes senior military advisors to the President, in dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan.
From 1998-2000 he commanded the Second Cavalry Regiment, part of XVIII Airborne Corps, at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He served next as the executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for 14 months before joining the First Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, as the Assistant Division Commander. He commanded Multi-national Brigade East in Kosovo for 6 months in 2002 before being assigned to United States European Command in January 2003 as the Deputy Director of Operations. He assumed his current post in September 2007.