The National Security Advisor is appointed by the President without confirmation by the Senate. As such he or she is not connected to the bureaucratic politics of the Departments of State and Defense and therefore is able to offer independent advice. The power and role of the National Security Advisor varies from administration to administration.
The current National Security Advisor is Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
The list of former National Security Advisors include:
|Richard V. Allen||1981-82|