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Deputy National Security Advisor (United States)

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 DeputiesEdit

Picture Name Term President
  Walt Whitman Rostow 1961 John F Kennedy
  Carl Kaysen 1961–1963 John F Kennedy
  Robert Komer 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson
  Francis M. Bator Oct. 1965–Sept. 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson[3]
  Richard V. Allen 1969 Richard Nixon
  Alexander Haig 1970–1973 Richard Nixon
  Brent Scowcroft 1973–1975 Gerald Ford
  William G. Hyland 1975–1977 Gerald Ford
  David L. Aaron 1977–1981 Jimmy Carter
  James W. Nance 1981–1982 Ronald Reagan
  Robert McFarlane 1982–1983 Ronald Reagan
  John Poindexter 1983–1985 Ronald Reagan
  Donald Fortier 1985–1986 Ronald Reagan
  Peter Rodman 1986–1987 Ronald Reagan
  Colin Powell 1987 Ronald Reagan
  John Negroponte 1987–1989 Ronald Reagan
  Robert Gates 1989–1991 George H. W. Bush
  Jonathan Howe 1991–1993 George H. W. Bush
  Sandy Berger 1993–1997 Bill Clinton
  James Steinberg 1997–2001 Bill Clinton
  Wayne Downing
(Deputy National Security Advisor for Combatting Terrorism)
2001–2002[4][5] George W. Bush
  Stephen Hadley 2001–2005 George W. Bush
  Jack Dyer Crouch, II 2005–2007 George W. Bush
  James Jeffrey 2007–2008 George W. Bush
  Thomas E. Donilon 2009–2010 Barack Obama
  Ben Rhodes (Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications) 2009-2017[6] Barack Obama
  Denis McDonough 2010–2013 Barack Obama
  Tony Blinken 2013–2015 Barack Obama
  Avril Haines 2015–2017 Barack Obama
  K. T. McFarland 2017 Donald Trump
  Dina Powell (Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy) 2017–present Donald Trump
  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);