Robert McFarlane

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Bud McFarlane
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13th National Security Advisor
In office
October 17, 1983 – December 4, 1985
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byWilliam Clark
Succeeded byJohn Poindexter
Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
April 4, 1982 – October 17, 1983
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byJames Nance
Succeeded byJohn Poindexter
Counselor of the Department of State
In office
February 28, 1981 – April 4, 1982
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byRozanne L. Ridgway
Succeeded byJames L. Buckley
Personal details
Robert Carl McFarlane

(1937-07-12)July 12, 1937
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedMay 12, 2022(2022-05-12) (aged 84)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jonda Riley
EducationUnited States Naval Academy (BS)
Geneva Graduate Institute (MA)
National Defense University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1959–1979
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze Star (with valor)
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Commendation Medal (with valor)
Secretary's Distinguished Service Award
Navy Distinguished Public Service Award

Robert Carl "Bud" McFarlane (July 12, 1937 – May 12, 2022) was an American Marine Corps officer. He served as National Security Advisor to President of the United States Ronald Reagan from 1983 through 1985.[1]

McFarlane was involved in, and pleaded guilty to charges for actions related to, the Iran-Contra affair, but received a pardon from President George H. W. Bush.

McFarlane died on May 12, 2022 at a hospital in Lansing, Michigan from problems caused by lung disease at the age of 84.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Smith, R. "McFarlane Calls SDI Pitch Misleading Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine", Washington Post (1988-09-15): "Robert C. McFarlane, a key architect of President Reagan's 'Star Wars' plan to develop sophisticated defenses against Soviet ballistic missiles, said he has concluded 'There is no current basis for confidence that a survivable defensive shield is within reach' and that Reagan's announcement of it was misleading and simplistic."
  2. "Robert 'Bud' McFarlane, Reagan national security adviser, dies at 84". The Washington Post. May 13, 2022. Retrieved May 13, 2022.

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