Honorable Robert Bud McFarlane

In Memoriam

Honorable Robert "Bud" McFarlane
IP3 lost its original board chairman and co-founder, Robert “Bud” McFarlane, with his passing in May, 2022. A friend and colleague, he continues to inspire and motivate. His passionate leadership shaped the vision for IP3 Corporation in its effort to provide clean, secure energy through a strategy of cooperation with long-standing U.S. allies in commercial nuclear power. Mr. McFarlane’s distinguished career and skilled diplomacy guides IP3’s continued efforts to ensure clean, secure, and low cost energy and preserves his invaluable contributions to the peaceful and successful resolution of the Cold War. On July 27, 2022, the Congressional Record published, “Remembering the Honorable Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane,” commemorating the respect he commanded around the world for his diverse leadership roles.”

Mr. McFarlane made a lifetime commitment to serving the U.S. as a senior leader and advisor on the topic of national security. His strategic leadership and continuous integration between the public and private sectors allows a more robust whole-of-government approach to global security issues.

Mr. McFarlane’s distinguished record of public service includes ten years in the White House and Department of State serving as Counselor to the Department of State, National Security Advisor to President Reagan, and Military Advisor to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft.

In the Reagan years, Mr. McFarlane was the architect of U.S. policies which helped lead to the economic collapse of Marxism in the former Soviet Union and the first reduction of nuclear weapons in history. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served for 20 years as a Marine officer, was selected as an Olmsted Scholar, holds a Master of Science (License) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and was selected as a White House Fellow.

In recent years, Mr. McFarlane focused on organizing investment into developing countries, brokering reconciliation between Sunni and Shia communities in Iraq, coaching the tribal leaders of Darfur, and leading the United States Energy Security Council, a bipartisan panel of former cabinet officers, senior retired military officers, and senior corporate executives devoted to forging a more coherent national energy policy.