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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR?

The National Security Advisor, officially known as the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, serves as a chief advisor to the President of the United States on national security issues. The National Security Advisor serves on the National Security Council and is assisted by staff that produces research, briefings, and intelligence reports.

The National Security Advisor's office is in the White House, near the office of the President, and during a crisis operates from the White House Situation Room updating the President on the latest events.

The National Security Advisor is appointed by the President but not confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which protects the position to some degree from political controversy and partisanship. The role is not connected administratively to the Departments of State or Defense but offers independent advice, effectively creating a policy triad that the President may rely upon for advice. The National Security Advisor's role and relative influence varies from administration to administration, and from advisor to advisor.

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Submitted by Lisa Y. 2/15/17

It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination.

-- Henry Kissinger Statement at a National Security Council meeting in 1975.