Deputy National Security Advisor (United States)

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 under 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]

The position is currently being held by Matthew Pottinger.

List of Principal DeputiesEdit

Picture Name Term President
  Walt Rostow 1961 John F Kennedy
  Carl Kaysen 1961–1963
  Robert Komer 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson
  Francis M. Bator 1965–1967[3]
  Richard V. Allen 1969 Richard Nixon
  Alexander Haig 1970–1973
  Brent Scowcroft 1973–1975 Gerald Ford
  William G. Hyland 1975–1977
  David L. Aaron 1977–1981 Jimmy Carter
  James W. Nance 1981–1982 Ronald Reagan
  Robert McFarlane 1982–1983
  John Poindexter 1983–1985
  Donald Fortier 1985–1986
  Peter Rodman 1986–1987
  Colin Powell 1987
  John Negroponte 1987–1989
  Robert Gates 1989–1991 George H. W. Bush
  Jonathan Howe 1991–1993
  Sandy Berger 1993–1997 Bill Clinton
  James Steinberg 1997–2001
  Stephen Hadley 2001–2005 George W. Bush
  Jack Dyer Crouch II 2005–2007
  James Jeffrey 2007–2008
  Thomas E. Donilon 2009–2010 Barack Obama
  Denis McDonough 2010–2013
  Tony Blinken 2013–2015
  Avril Haines 2015–2017
  K. T. McFarland 2017 Donald Trump
  Ricky L. Waddell 2017–2018
  Mira Ricardel 2018
  Charles Kupperman 2019
  Matthew Pottinger 2019–present

List of additional Deputy advisorsEdit

Aside from the Principal Deputy, since the September 11, 2001 attacks, there have been some cases of other deputy-level positions created with an additional specifier title and alternate role. These include:

Additionally, during the Obama Administration, the Homeland Security Advisor was formerly titled as a Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security: