Deputy National Security Advisor

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The United States 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 held by Jonathan Finer, who assumed office on January 20, 2021.

List of Principal Deputies[edit]

Picture Name Term President
Walt Rostow 1968.jpg Walt Rostow 1961 John F. Kennedy
No image.svg Carl Kaysen 1961–1963
Lyndon Johnson and Robert Komer.jpg Robert Komer 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson
No image.svg Francis M. Bator 1965–1967[3]
Richard V. Allen 1981.jpg Richard V. Allen 1969 Richard Nixon
Secretary of State Alexander Haig.jpg Alexander Haig 1970–1973
National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft at a meeting following the assassinations in Beirut, 1976 - NARA - 7064964.jpg Brent Scowcroft 1973–1975 Gerald Ford
No image.svg William G. Hyland 1975–1977
No image.svg David L. Aaron 1977–1981 Jimmy Carter
James W. Nance.png James W. Nance 1981–1982 Ronald Reagan
Robert Mcfarlane IAGS.jpg Robert McFarlane 1982–1983
Admiral John Poindexter, official Navy photo, 1985.JPEG John Poindexter 1983–1985
No image.svg Donald Fortier 1985–1986
Peter W. Rodman.jpg Peter Rodman 1986
Colin Powell official Secretary of State photo.jpg Colin Powell 1986–1987
John Negroponte official portrait State.jpg John Negroponte 1987–1989
Robert Gates, official DoD photo portrait, 2006.jpg Robert Gates 1989–1991 George H. W. Bush
Jonathan howe.jpg Jonathan Howe 1991–1993
SandyBerger.jpg Sandy Berger 1993–1997 Bill Clinton
Jim Steinberg.jpg James Steinberg 1997–2001
Stephen Hadley.jpg Stephen Hadley 2001–2005 George W. Bush
Jack Dyer Crouch.jpg Jack Dyer Crouch II 2005–2007
James F Jeffrey.jpg James Jeffrey 2007–2008
Tomdonilon.PNG Thomas E. Donilon 2009–2010 Barack Obama
Denis McDonough (crop).jpg Denis McDonough 2010–2013
Antony Blinken.jpg Tony Blinken 2013–2015
Avril Haines portrait.jpg Avril Haines 2015–2017
KT McFarland by Gage Skidmore.jpg K. T. McFarland 2017 Donald Trump
Ricky Waddell (cropped).jpg Ricky L. Waddell 2017–2018
Mira Ricardel official photo.jpg Mira Ricardel 2018
Reagan Contact Sheet C42578 (cropped).jpg Charles Kupperman 2019
Matthew Pottinger (USMC-110915-M-AR635-508 cropped).png Matthew Pottinger 2019–2021
Jonathan Finer.jpg Jonathan Finer 2021–present Joe Biden

List of additional deputy advisors[edit]

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