Charles Kupperman

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Charles Kupperman
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Acting United States National Security Advisor
In office
September 10, 2019 – September 18, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJohn R. Bolton
Succeeded byRobert O'Brien
United States Deputy National Security Advisor
Assumed office
January 11, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMira Ricardel
Personal details
Charles Martin Kupperman

(1950-11-09) November 9, 1950 (age 68)
Political partyRepublican
EducationPurdue University (BA)
University of British Columbia (MA)
University of Southern California (PhD)

Charles Martin Kupperman[1] (born November 9, 1950) is the United States Deputy National Security Advisor for President Donald Trump, a position he has held since January 2019. He also was the acting United States National Security Advisor for eight days in September 2019 between John Bolton and Robert O'Brien.

Early life and education[edit]

Kupperman graduated from Waukegan High School in 1968, where he played varsity baseball; his parents owned a paint factory in Waukegan.[2]

Kupperman earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Purdue University in 1972. He received a master's degree in international relations from the University of British Columbia in 1973.[3][4] His master's thesis was entitled Strategy, Technology and the Making of United States Strategic Doctrines 1945–1972.[1] Kupperman completed a doctorate in strategic studies at the University of Southern California in 1980.[3][4] His doctoral thesis was entitled The SALT II Debate.[5]


Kupperman greeting President Ronald Reagan in 1987

From 1978 to 1980, Kupperman was the senior defense analyst for the Committee on the Present Danger.[6]

In 1980, Kupperman was a foreign policy adviser to Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign.[7] After Reagan was elected, Kupperman joined the Reagan administration. He was Executive Assistant to the Acting Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and then the Executive Director of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control[8] of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, before becoming the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.[6] In July 1986 he became Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Administration.[4]

Kupperman worked at two defense contractors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing; he was the vice president for business development for missile defense systems for Boeing and the vice president of Washington Space Operations for Lockheed Martin Corporation.

From 2001 to 2010, Kupperman was on the board of directors for the Center for Security Policy.[9] In late 2014, he was the treasurer of the Bolton for New Hampshire PAC.[10]

In April 2018, after Bolton was chosen to be the National Security Advisor, Kupperman took a temporary leadership post on the National Security Council.[11] In January 2019, he became the Deputy National Security Advisor,[3] replacing Mira Ricardel, who had left that position in mid-November 2018.[7][3] On September 10, 2019, the date when John Bolton departed from his position of United States National Security Advisor, Kupperman was made interim United States National Security Advisor.[12][13] The Council on American Islamic Relations said that it was "appalled" by Kupperman's appointment because of the Center for Security Policy's record of anti-Islam statements.[14]


Kupperman is Jewish.[15][16] His wife Judie also graduated from Waukegan Township High School.[2] He and his wife have two children.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Strategy, Technology and the Making of United States Strategic Doctrines 1945–1972". September 1973. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Coleman, Emily K. (September 11, 2019). "Waukegan High School classmates recall Trump's new interim national security adviser as 'very smart guy' with open ambition". Lake County News-Sun. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  3. ^ a b c d "White House National Security Advisor Announces Senior Staff Appointment". The White House. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Appointment of Charles M. Kupperman as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Administration". July 31, 1986. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Caldwell, Dan (2016). "The SALT II Treaty". The Politics of Arms Control Treaty Ratification. p. 348. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Appointment of Charles M. Kupperman as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Administration". Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - National Archives and Records Administration. July 31, 1986. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  7. ^ a b Restuccia, Andrew (January 11, 2019). "Former Reagan aide tapped as deputy national security adviser". Politico. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Shribman, David (1983-10-12). "...and Recruit for the Government". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  9. ^ "Trump's new 'anti-Muslim' appointee worries civil rights groups". Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Woodruff, Betsy (October 30, 2014). "New Hampshire Hawk". Slate. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P. (May 21, 2018). "Meet the Members of the 'Shadow N.S.C.' Advising John Bolton". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Breuninger, Kevin; Mangan, Dan (September 10, 2019). "Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton – but Bolton says he 'offered to resign'". CNBC. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Wallace, Danielle (September 11, 2019). "Trump names Bolton's deputy to be acting national security adviser; Muslim-American group derides choice". Fox News. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Kampeas, Ron (11 September 2019). "Muslim civil rights group 'appalled' by choice for John Bolton's interim replacement, Charles Kupperman". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Reagan Names 11 Jews Among His 68 Foreign Policy and Defense Advisors". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. April 21, 1980. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "Kupperman, Bolton's acting replacement, is Jewish, worked under Reagan". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. September 11, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John R. Bolton
National Security Advisor