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John Brennan

Assumed office 
January 20, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Kenneth L. Wainstein
As Homeland Security Advisor

In office
President George W. Bush
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by John Scott Redd

Born September 22, 1954[1]
North Bergen, New Jersey
Alma mater Fordham University, B.A.

University of Texas at Austin, M.A. government

Profession Career CIA officer, CIA station chief, deputy to CIA director

John O. Brennan (born September 22, 1954)[1] is Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.[2] He was interim director of the National Counterterrorism Center immediately after its creation in 2004 through 2005. From 2005 until he returned to government service, Brennan served as CEO of The Analysis Corporation.[3] He advised Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues.[4] Since 2007, Brennan has served as Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. It was assumed early on by some that Brennan would be appointed next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by Obama.[5] Brennan withdrew his name from consideration in November 2008, however, over concerns that his nomination would be a distraction, due to his previous associations with controversial harsh CIA interrogation techniques.[6] Brennan's responsibilities as Deputy National Security Advisor include overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters.[7]


Early life

Brennan was born on September 22, 1954 and raised in North Bergen, New Jersey and attended Saint Joseph of the Palisades High School in West New York.[8]

Career highlights

  • CEO of The Analysis Corporation
  • Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
  • Interim director, National Counterterrorism Center[9]
  • Director, Terrorist Threat Integration Center
  • Deputy Executive Director, CIA
  • Chief of Staff to Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
  • Chief of Station, Middle East, CIA (1996 - 1999)
  • Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
  • Deputy Director, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
  • Daily Intelligence Briefer at the White House, CIA
  • Deputy Division Chief, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
  • Chief of Analysis, DCI's Counterterrorism Center, CIA
  • Middle East Specialist and Terrorism Analyst, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA
  • Political Officer, U.S. Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Department of State
  • Career Trainee, Directorate of Operations, CIA.





He lives in Herndon, VA

See also



Government offices
Preceded by
New creation
Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Succeeded by
John Scott Redd
Preceded by
Ken Wainstein
U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security
Succeeded by


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