United States Department of Justice National Security Division

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National Security Division
DOJ National Security Division logo.svg
Seal of the United States Department of Justice National Security Division
Division overview
Formed March 9, 2005 (2005-03-09)
Headquarters Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., United States
Division executive
Parent Division United States Department of Justice

The United States Department of Justice National Security Division (NSD) is the division of the DOJ that handles all national security functions of the Department. Created by the 2005 USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization, the Division consolidated all of the Department's national security and intelligence functions into a single Division. The Division is headed by the Assistant Attorney General for National Security.


The National Security Division was created under Section 506 of the 2005 USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization,[1] which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on March 9, 2006.[2]

It consolidated the Department's national security efforts within one unit, bring together attorneys from the Counterterrorism Section and Counterespionage Section of the Criminal Division and from the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), with their specialized expertise in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other intelligence matters. This fulfilled a recommendation of the Iraq Intelligence Commission (Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction).[3]

In 2010, its budget was $88 million.[4]


The head of the National Security Division is an Assistant Attorney General for National Security (AAG-NS) appointed by the President of the United States. The current Acting AAG-NS is Dana J. Boente, who was appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as Acting Assistant Attorney General.[5]


The National Security Division is overseen by Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana J. Boente. The Assistant Attorney General is assisted by three Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, who are all career attorneys, who each oversee a different branch of the Division's sections.

  • Assistant Attorney General for National Security
    • Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Counterterrorism and Counterespionage
      • Counterterrorism Section
      • Counterespionage Section
    • Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Intelligence
      • Office of Intelligence
        • Operations Section
        • Oversight Section
        • Litigation Section
    • Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Law and Policy
      • Law and Policy Section
    • Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism
    • Executive Office

List of Assistant Attorneys General[edit]

Name President
Announcement Nomination sent
to the Senate
by the Senate
Sworn in Left office
Kenneth Leonard Wainstein[6] George W. Bush March 13, 2006 March 13, 2006 September 21, 2006[7] September 28, 2006[8] March 30, 2008, to become Homeland Security Advisor (Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism)[9]
J. Patrick Rowan George W. Bush June 19, 2008[10] June 19, 2008[11] September 26, 2008[12][13][14] October 3, 2008[13] January 20, 2009[15]
David S. Kris Barack Obama January 22, 2009[16] February 11, 2009[15] March 25, 2009[17] -- --
Lisa Monaco Barack Obama March 17, 2011[18] March 17, 2011[18] June 28, 2011[19] July 1, 2011[20] March 8, 2013
John P. Carlin Barack Obama September 11, 2013[5] April 1, 2014[21] April 2014 October 15, 2016[22]
Dana J. Boente *Acting* April 28, 2017[5] Acting Assistant Attorney General


  1. ^ "USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005." Government Printing Office.
  2. ^ "H.R.3199 Major Congressional Actions." THOMAS.
  3. ^ "Fact Sheet: USA PATRIOT Act Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005." United States Department of Justice 2 March 2006.
  4. ^ "DEPARTMENT Of JUSTICE", Government Printing Office. Retrieved 7 aug 2011
  5. ^ a b c "Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Dana Boente to Serve as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division". congress.gov. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Presidential Nomination: Kenneth Leonard Wainstein". 24 April 2008. 
  7. ^ http://fdsys.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/WCPD-2006-09-25/pdf/WCPD-2006-09-25-Pg1658-2.pdf
  8. ^ #06-655: 09-28-06 Kenneth L. Wainstein Sworn in as First Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division
  9. ^ "Ken Wainstein, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism". 20 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Personnel Announcement". 19 June 2008. 
  11. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". 19 June 2008. 
  12. ^ http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200809/092608e.html
  13. ^ a b "results.gov : Resources For The President's Team". 27 October 2008. 
  14. ^ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/record.xpd?id=110-s20080926-139
  15. ^ a b Nomination Press Release - Assistant Attorney General | The White House
  16. ^ http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/obama-picks-critic-of-warrantless-wiretapping-for-slot-at-justice-dept/
  17. ^ "U.S. Senate: Roll Call Vote". 27 January 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Lisa Monaco Nominated To Lead DOJ National Security Division - The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times". 
  19. ^ "3 Justice Dept. Nominees Are Confirmed". nytimes.com. 
  20. ^ "Meet the Assistant Attorney General". justice.gov. 
  21. ^ "PN1243 - Nomination of John P. Carlin for Department of Justice, 113th Congress (2013-2014) | Congress.gov | Library of Congress". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  22. ^ "Wednesday 10-12-2016 John Carlin, who is about to step down as assistant attorney general for national security, discusses terrorism and cyber security". Retrieved 2016-10-23. 

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