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Deputy National Security Advisor (United States)

Updated: 2017-08-16T20:03Z

The Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, also known as the Deputy National Security Advisor, is a member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and the United States National Security Council, serving as deputy to the President's National Security Advisor.

Among other responsibilities, the Deputy National Security Advisor often serves as Executive Secretary to the National Security Council Principals Committee, and as chairman of the National Security Council Deputies Committee. The role changes according to the organizational philosophy and staffing of each White House and there are often multiple deputies to the National Security Advisor charged with various areas of focus.[1][2] Since 9/11, there have been three cases of a second Deputy position created with an additional specifier title and alternate role. In two of these instances, Ben Rhodes and Dina Powell, the additional role was primarily communications oriented. The first additional appointment, of Wayne Downing, was to a counterterrorism focused position.

List of Deputies

Picture Name Term President
Walt Rostow 1968.jpg Walt Whitman Rostow 1961 John F Kennedy
No image.svg Carl Kaysen 1961–1963 John F Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson and Robert Komer.jpg Robert Komer 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson
No image.svg Francis M. Bator Oct. 1965–Sept. 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson[3]
Richard V. Allen 1981.jpg Richard V. Allen 1969 Richard Nixon
Secretary of State Alexander Haig.jpg Alexander Haig 1970–1973 Richard Nixon
Scowcroft cheney webster.gif Brent Scowcroft 1973–1975 Gerald Ford
No image.svgWilliam G. Hyland 1975–1977 Gerald Ford
No image.svg David L. Aaron 1977–1981 Jimmy Carter
No image.svg James W. Nance 1981–1982 Ronald Reagan
Robert Mcfarlane IAGS.jpg Robert McFarlane 1982–1983 Ronald Reagan
Admiral John Poindexter, official Navy photo, 1985.JPEG John Poindexter 1983–1985 Ronald Reagan
No image.svg Donald Fortier 1985–1986 Ronald Reagan
Peter W. Rodman.jpg Peter Rodman 1986–1987 Ronald Reagan
Colin Powell official Secretary of State photo.jpg Colin Powell 1987 Ronald Reagan
John Negroponte official portrait State.jpg John Negroponte 1987–1989 Ronald Reagan
Robert Gates, official DoD photo portrait, 2006.jpg Robert Gates 1989–1991 George H. W. Bush
Jonathan howe.jpg Jonathan Howe 1991–1993 George H. W. Bush
SandyBerger.jpg Sandy Berger 1993–1997 Bill Clinton
Jim Steinberg.jpg James Steinberg 1997–2001 Bill Clinton
Wayne Downing.jpg Wayne Downing
(Deputy National Security Advisor for Combatting Terrorism)
2001–2002[4][5] George W. Bush
Stephen Hadley.jpg Stephen Hadley 2001–2005 George W. Bush
Jack Dyer Crouch.jpg Jack Dyer Crouch, II 2005–2007 George W. Bush
James F Jeffrey.jpg James Jeffrey 2007–2008 George W. Bush
Tomdonilon.PNG Thomas E. Donilon 2009–2010 Barack Obama
Ben Rhodes, Obama staffer, Feb 2013.jpg Ben Rhodes (Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications) 2009-2017[6] Barack Obama
Denis McDonough 2011.jpg Denis McDonough 2010–2013 Barack Obama
Antony Blinken.jpg Tony Blinken 2013–2015 Barack Obama
Avril Haines.jpg Avril Haines 2015–2017 Barack Obama
KT McFarland by Gage Skidmore.jpg K. T. McFarland 2017 Donald Trump
Dina Habib Powell, Head, Impact Investing Business, Goldman Sachs; President, Goldman Sachs Foundation (19459892442).jpg Dina Powell (Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy) 2017–present Donald Trump
Major General Ricky L. Wadell.jpg Ricky L. Waddell 2017–present Donald Trump


  1. ^ NSPD-1 - Organization of the National Security Council System, 13 February 2001
  2. ^ Center for American Progress Organization of the National Security Council System, 13 January 2017
  3. ^ Foreign Relations of the United States 1964-68, Vol. XV, 23 February 2009
  4. ^ C-SPAN (9 October 2001). "New Anti-Terrorism Officials Announcement".  External link in |website= (help);
  5. ^ 110th U.S. Congress (19 July 2007). "Tribute to General Wayne Downing".  External link in |website= (help);
  6. ^ University of Indiana (13 February 2017). "Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security advisor to obama, visits IU Bloomington".  External link in |website= (help);

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