The Contemporary Presidency The Administrator as Outsider: James Jones as National Security Advisor



This article examines the role of former National Security Advisor (NSA) James Jones in the Obama administration. I argue that Jones served as an administrator and failed to achieve a close advisory relationship with the president and ceded many aspects of coordination and management of the foreign policy-making process to Deputy NSA Tom Donilon and other actors within the administration. The article then concludes with a discussion of the continued importance and influence of presidential management style on the role, power, and influence of the NSA in U.S. foreign policy making.