United States Department of Justice National Security Division

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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 AAG-CR is Lisa O. Monaco, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in June, 2011.


The National Security Division is overseen by Assistant Attorney General David S. Kris. 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[5] George W. Bush March 13, 2006 March 13, 2006 September 21, 2006[6] September 28, 2006[7] March 30, 2008, to become Homeland Security Advisor (Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism)[8]
J. Patrick Rowan George W. Bush June 19, 2008[9] June 19, 2008[10] September 26, 2008[11][12][13] October 3, 2008[12] January 20, 2009[14]
David S. Kris Barack Obama January 22, 2009[15] February 11, 2009[14] March 25, 2009[16] -- --
Lisa Monaco Barack Obama March 17, 2011[17] March 17, 2011[17] June 28, 2011[18] July 1, 2011[19] March 8, 2013


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