Obama moves to bolster national security staff

December 16, 2010

USAOn the same day he unveiled a review of his Afghanistan war strategy, President Barack Obama moved to bolster the White House national security team, which has been short-staffed after a series of changes.

Obama tapped Brooke Anderson, currently part of the U.S. mission to the United Nations, as chief of staff and counselor for the National Security Council.

An expert on nuclear nonproliferation, Anderson is ambassador and alternate representative for special political affairs at the UN.

She advised Obama’s campaign, helping to set up his July 2008 trip to Europe and the Middle East, and then was a spokeswoman on national security matters during Obama’s presidential transition.

At the NSC, she replaces Denis McDonough, who was promoted to deputy national security adviser. McDonough assumed his new role after Tom Donilon succeeded Gen. James Jones in the top job at NSC.

Anderson’s appointment is one in a series of staff changes planned. As Politico’s Carol Lee and Glenn Thrush reported, Obama will spend part of his Christmas break in Hawaii considering how to reshuffle the West Wing staff as he looks ahead to his 2012 re-election campaign.

PHOTO CREDIT:  REUTERS/Jim Young (President Barack Obama walks back to the White House after meeting with business leaders at Blair House)

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