US military officer in charge of a missile test program operated by the German-speaking "American" scientist Professor Kroeger.
Kroeger, however, is really a KAOS agent working for the evil genius Dr. Yes and when a test missile goes off course and veers toward the blockhouse he shoots Putney to prevent him from activating the self-destruct mechanism. Kroeger is then shot by Maxwell Smart leaving no one who knows how to stop the missile.
Note: Although the name Putney appears in the credits he is only called "General" in the episode.