Bachelor, Montclair State College, 1978. Master of Science, University Southern California, 1985. AM, Stanford University, 1988.
Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1989. Juris Doctor, Georgetown University School Law, 1999. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Montclair State University, 2008.
Commissioned United States Army, 1978—1994, advanced through grades to major, retired, 1994. Tactical signal representative United States Command Berlin to Allied Staff, Berlin, Germany, 1980-1982. Brigade signal officer United States Command Berlin, Germany, 1981-1982.
Senior message officer United States Department Defense, Washington, 1983-1984. Company Commander Information Systems Command, Arlington Hall, Virginia, 1984-1985. Assistant professor United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1989-1990, associate professor social science New York, 1990—1991, director national security studies, 1990—1991.
Director European Affairs National Security Council, Washington, 1991—1994. Executive director Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, 1994—1999. Executive vice president, chief operating officer United Nations Foundation & Better World Fund, 2000—2003.
Assistant sec-general for mission support United Nations, New York City, 2003—2008, assistant secretary-general for peacebuilding support, 2008—2009. Deputy secretary United States Department Homeland Security, Washington, since 2009. Board directors Hunt Alternatives Fund.
Fellow Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. Member Council on Foreign Relations, Armed Forces Communication-Electronics Association, American Political Science Association, Women in International Security.
Married Douglas E. Lute, 3 children.