Libutti’s military career started in 1966 when he graduated from the Marine Corps’s Officer Candidates School at Quantico, Virginia. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in October of that year. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines as a platoon commander in Vietnam.
In 1968, he returned to Quantico to serve as chief instructor of the Tactics Section; as well as Commanding Officer and Branch Head of the Academic Section, at the Officer Candidates School. In 1972, he transferred to Amphibious Squadron Three in San Diego, California for duty as Squadron Combat Cargo officer. In 1974, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as an Infantry Company Commander, followed by staff positions, such as Logistics Officer and Operations Officer.
In May 1977, he was promoted to Major and assigned as the Executive Officer for Marine Barracks, Naples, Italy. In August 1980, he attended the Command and Staff College at Quantico, then transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., for duty as Head of Career Management Section, Manpower Department. In May 1982, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and reassigned as the Assistant Secretary of the General Staff for the Office of the Assistant Commandant and Chief of Staff, where he served through May 1983. He was reassigned in June 1983, as the Senior Marine Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
From August 1985 until June 1986, Libutti attended the National War College, Washington, D.C. Following graduation, he was assigned as the Executive Officer of 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton, California. He was reassigned as the Commanding Officer of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion until October 1987, when he was promoted to colonel and designated as the Commanding Officer, Contingency MAGTF 1-88 and deployed to the Middle East for the “Tanker War“.
Returning to Camp Pendleton in May 1988, Libutti served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, 1st Marine Division. He commanded the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in August 1988 until July 1990. The following month, he was reassigned to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and also served as the Military Assistant to the Presidential Emissary to Hanoi for POW/MIA issues and participated in high level trips to Hanoi for negotiations on the POW/MIA issues with Vietnam. While serving in this capacity, he was selected for promotion to brigadier general and was promoted in March 1992.
Libutti was then assigned as the Commander, Forward Headquarters Element/Inspector General of the United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, in July 1992. The following month he was designated Commanding General, Joint Task Force Provide Relief, which provided emergency airlift of food to Somalia and Kenya. From 1994 to 1996 he assumed the duties as Commanding General, 1st Marine Division. Before retiring, Libutti served as the Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force/Commander, Marine Corps Bases Japan until June 8, 1999, he then retired from the Marine Corps in 2001.
After his military career, he served as New York City Police Department‘s Counter Terrorism Bureau, Deputy Police Commissioner, and oversaw the Department of Homeland Security‘s intelligence operations as Undersecretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection. In September 2005, he was Chairman & CEO of Digital Fusion, a computer engineering and technology firm, in Huntsville, Alabama. Digital Fusion merged with Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in December 2008.
Currently, Libutti focuses on Renaissance Global Services’s environmental restoration, energy efficiency operations and strategic security solutions. His philosophy is rooted in family and supporting the efforts of veterans.