The Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, commonly referred to as the Homeland Security Advisor and formerly holding the title of Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, is a senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, based in the West Wing of the White House, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on homeland security and counterterrorism issues. The Homeland Security Advisor is a statutory member of the Homeland Security Council. Serving at the pleasure of the President, the Homeland Security Advisor does not require Senate confirmation for appointment to the office.

Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
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Incumbent
Peter Brown

since summer 2019
Executive Office of the President
Homeland Security Council staff
AppointerThe President
Constituting instrumentThe post is defined by executive order.
Formation2001
First holderTom Ridge
DeputyDeputy Homeland Security Advisor

HistoryEdit

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush created the interim Office of Homeland Security as a cabinet-level office in a speech to a joint session of Congress.[1] He appointed Tom Ridge as its first Director. The Homeland Security Council was formally created on October 5, 2001, replacing the Office of Homeland Security.

Under the George W. Bush administration, the Homeland Security Advisor was independent of the National Security Council, residing within the Homeland Security Council. Under the Obama administration, while the Homeland Security Council remained, the Advisor held the title of Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, subordinating the position to the National Security Advisor.

At the start of the Trump administration, the position of Homeland Security Advisor, occupied by Tom Bossert, was elevated to the rank of Assistant to the President, making it equal in rank to the National Security Advisor. However, after clashes with the National Security Advisor, John Bolton, the position returned to the rank of Deputy Assistant to the President and was subordinate to the National Security Advisor.[2]

The current Homeland Security Advisor is Peter Brown.[3]

President Trump's 4th U.S. Homeland Security Advisor, Kevin McAleenan, resigned on October 11, 2019.[4]

List of Homeland Security AdvisorsEdit

  Democratic   Republican   Political Independent / Unknown

  Denotes an Acting Homeland Security Advisor
No. Portrait Name Term Days served President served under
Start End
1 Official title: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security George W. Bush
  Tom Ridge September 20, 2001 January 24, 2003 491
2 Official title: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security
  John A. Gordon April 30, 2003 May 28, 2004 394
3 Official title: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  Frances Townsend May 28, 2004 March 30, 2008 1402
4 Official title: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  Kenneth L. Wainstein March 30, 2008 January 20, 2009 296
5 Official title: Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Barack Obama
  John O. Brennan January 20, 2009 January 25, 2013 1466
6 Official title: Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  Lisa Monaco January 25, 2013 January 20, 2017 1456
7 Official title: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Donald Trump
  Tom Bossert January 20, 2017 April 10, 2018 414
Official title: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  Rob Joyce
Acting
April 10, 2018 May 31, 2018 51
8 Official title: Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  Doug Fears June 1, 2018 summer 2019 ~400
9 Official title: Deputy Assistant to the President and Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor
Peter Brown summer 2019 Incumbent

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Text: President Bush Addresses the Nation". The Washington Post. September 20, 2001. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  2. ^ Volz, Dustin (1 June 2018). "Donald Trump to Name Douglas Fears as White House Homeland Security Adviser". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Photos from President Donald J. Trump's Briefing on Hurricane Dorian at Camp David". whitehouse.gov. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Kevin McAleenan: US Homeland Security chief steps down". BBS News. Oct 11, 2019. Retrieved Oct 11, 2019.