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Obama Picks His No. 2 Security Chief

Denis McDonough will be deputy national security adviser
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2010 11:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama today promoted one of his key national security aides, Denis McDonough, to be his No. 2 national security adviser. He will serve under the new national security adviser, Tom Donilon, who held the second-ranking job himself until recently being promoted earlier this month to succeed Gen. James Jones in the top position.

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McDonough has been serving as chief of staff to the National Security Council. Previously, he was the council's head of strategic communications under Obama, and he also served a senior adviser to Obama during his presidential run and his transition to the White House. (Read more Denis McDonough stories.)

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