Ronald Reagan with a cowboy hat at Rancho Del Cielo.
McFarlane in 1987
The 1980 electoral college vote
McFarlane in 1994
President-elect Ronald Reagan with outgoing President Jimmy Carter and outgoing Vice President Walter Mondale on January 20, 1981
McFarlane in 2011
The Cabinet of President Reagan in 1981
Reagan appointed William Rehnquist to the office of Chief Justice in 1986; he served until his death in 2005
Outlining his plan for Tax Reduction Legislation from the Oval Office in a televised address, July 1981
First Lady Nancy Reagan at a Just Say No rally at the White House
Graph demonstrating increases in U.S. incarceration rate
As the first U.S. president invited to speak before the British Parliament (June 8, 1982), Reagan predicted Marxism would end up on the "ash heap of history"
Meeting with leaders of the Afghan Mujahideen in the Oval Office, 1983
Reagan meets with Prime Minister Eugenia Charles of Dominica in the Oval Office about ongoing events in Grenada
Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy in 1983
Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty at the White House, 1987
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (here walking with President Reagan at Camp David in 1986) granted the U.S. use of British airbases to launch the Libya attack
President Reagan meeting with South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu in 1984
World map highlighting countries visited by Ronald Reagan while president
President Reagan in February 1985
Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in the 1984 presidential election.
Republican George H. W. Bush defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election.
Graph of Reagan's approval ratings in Gallup polls

Within the Reagan Administration, McFarlane was a leading architect of the Strategic Defense Initiative, a project intended to defend the US against Soviet ballistic missile attacks.

- Robert McFarlane

Secretary of Defense Weinberger and Secretary of State Shultz both opposed the arrangement, so it was handled by National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane and McFarlane's successor, John Poindexter.

- Presidency of Ronald Reagan

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A BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missile

Iran–Contra affair

A BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missile
North's mugshot, after his arrest
President Reagan (center) receives the Tower Commission Report in the White House Cabinet Room; John Tower is at left and Edmund Muskie is at right, 1987.

The Iran–Contra affair (, Caso Irán–Contra), often referred to as the Iran–Contra scandal, the McFarlane affair (in Iran), or simply Iran–Contra, was a political scandal in the United States that occurred during the second term of the Reagan Administration.

On 17 June 1985, National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane wrote a National Security Decision Directive which called for the United States of America to begin a rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

John Poindexter

Retired United States naval officer and Department of Defense official.

Retired United States naval officer and Department of Defense official.

He was Deputy National Security Advisor and National Security Advisor during the Reagan administration.

His fellow graduates included astronaut Bruce McCandless II (who graduated second) and Senator John McCain; previous National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane was a contemporary, graduating the following year.