Robert McFarlane

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Bud McFarlane
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13th National Security Advisor
In office
October 17, 1983 – December 4, 1985
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William Clark
Succeeded by John Poindexter
Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
April 4, 1982 – October 17, 1983
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by James Nance
Succeeded by John Poindexter
Counselor of the Department of State
In office
February 28, 1981 – April 4, 1982
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Rozanne L. Ridgway
Succeeded by James L. Buckley
Personal details
Born Robert Carl McFarlane
(1937-07-12) July 12, 1937 (age 81)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jonda Riley
Education United States Naval Academy (BS)
Geneva Graduate Institute (MA)
National Defense University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1959–1979
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Navy 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 (born July 12, 1937) is 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.

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  1. Smith, R. "McFarlane Calls SDI Pitch Misleading", 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."

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