- Robert “Bud” McFarlane (1971-72) Receives the 2018 Legacy of Leadership Award
The White House Fellows Foundation and Association (WHFFA) is extremely pleased to announce that we will be presenting the 2018 Legacy of Leadership Award to Robert “Bud” McFarlane (1971-72). This is the highest award presented by the WHFFA, given in recognition of proven leadership, dedicated public service, and sustained support to the White House Fellows Program.
Bud served two combat tours in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. In March 1965 he commanded an artillery battery in the first landing of U.S. combat forces at Danang. In 1967-1968, he served as a Regimental Fire Support Coordinator for the 3rd Marine Division.
As a White House Fellow in 1971-72 Bud served in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House. After the Fellowship, Bud became the Military Assistant to Henry Kissinger at the National Security Council from 1973-77, where he was responsible for sensitive intelligence exchanges with the PRC as the U.S. restored ties with China.
In 1976, President Gerald Ford appointed Bud – as a Marine Lieutenant Colonel – as his Special Assistant for National Security Affairs. Over the course of his Marine Corps career, the Navy awarded Bud the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star (with valor), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (with valor), and the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
President Reagan selected Bud to serve in a series of posts, each with increasing spans of responsibility: first as Counselor to the Department of State, where he was responsible for sensitive exchanges between the Secretary and Heads of State in the Middle East, then as Deputy National Security Advisor where he managed the national security decision-making process. In 1983, President Reagan appointed him as his Special Representative in the Middle East following Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, where he was responsible for negotiations between Israel and her Arab neighbors. Following that assignment, Bud returned to the White House and was appointed President Reagan’s National Security Advisor. In that post, Bud was responsible for the development of U.S. foreign and defense policy. Of particular note, Bud was a leading architect of the Strategic Defense Initiative for the defense of the United States against missile attack, an initiative that so stressed the Soviet economy as to hasten the end of the Cold War and the collapse of Marxism in the Soviet Union. Upon his retirement from government service Bud was awarded the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, by Secretary George Shultz.
In the private sector, Bud created and became CEO of McFarlane Associates Inc., an energy and development consultancy. McFarlane Associates works with private and public sector entities to develop power plants, increase the use of alternative and renewable energy sources and develop environmentally friendly infrastructure projects. In 2012, after more than 25 years of specialized energy experience, Bud co-founded the bipartisan U.S. Energy Security Council, a bipartisan group of former Cabinet Officers, Fortune 500 Corporate CEOs, and senior retired military officers to focus on forging a more coherent U.S. national energy policy.
Since his fellowship year, Bud has remained a vocal and constant supporter of the White House Fellows Program and the Alumni Association. He has served on the Board of Directors and attended many years of annual meetings. Additionally, Bud has been a speaker or panel chair at several Leadership Conferences, read White House Fellow applications, provided financial support to the White House Fellows Foundation and Association through annual giving and major fundraising efforts, and has served as a mentor to members of several classes.
Bud McFarlane’s record of lifelong achievement demonstrates the highest fulfillment of John Gardner’s vision for the program. We will present him with the Legacy of Leadership Award during our Annual Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., October 25-27, 2018.
Please feel free to send Bud your congratulations at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org: August 27, 2018
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