Director of Policy Planning

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Director of Policy Planning
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David McKean

since February 19, 2013
Inaugural holder George F. Kennan
Formation 1947

The Director of Policy Planning is the United States Department of State official in charge of the Department's internal think tank, the Policy Planning Staff. In the Department, the Director of Policy Planning has a rank equivalent to Assistant Secretary.[1][2] The position has traditionally been held by many members of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Former Directors of Policy Planning include two National Security Advisors, a President of the World Bank, and several presidents of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations.

Directors of Policy Planning (and later occupations)[edit]


  1. ^ "Assistant Secretaries and Equivalent Rank". January 20, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Department Organization Chart". March 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 

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