Stephen Hadley

Stephen Hadley

Infobox Officeholder
name = Stephen John Hadley

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order = 21st United States National Security Advisor
term_start = 2005
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president = George W. Bush
deputy = Jack Dyer Crouch, II (2005-2007)
James Franklin Jeffrey (2007-)
predecessor = Condoleezza Rice
successor =
order2 = 19th Deputy National Security Advisor
term_start2 = 2001
term_end2 = 2005
president2 = George W. Bush
predecessor2 = James Steinberg
successor2 = Jack Dyer Crouch, II
birth_date = birth date and age|1947|02|13
birth_place = Toledo, Ohio
death_date =
death_place =
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spouse = Ann Hadley
children = 2 daughters
profession = foreign and defense policy advisor
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Stephen John Hadley (born February 13, 1947, in Toledo, Ohio) is the current (21st) U.S. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (commonly referred as National Security Advisor) for President George W. Bush. He had been Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor from January 22, 2001. On January 26, 2005, he replaced Condoleezza Rice as National Security Advisor, upon Rice's confirmation as Secretary of State.

Hadley served as a senior foreign and defense policy advisor to then-Governor Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign and worked in the Bush-Cheney Transition on the National Security Council.

Previous to this position, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner and a principal in The Scowcroft Group, Inc., an international consulting firm.

Hadley was what in "Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet" (NY: Viking, 2004, p. 252) James Mann called, "A Pentagon aide to Wolfowitz in the [George H.W. Bush| [George H.W.] Bush] administration," serving as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy from 1989–1993. In that position, he had responsibility for defense policy toward NATO and Western Europe, on nuclear weapons and ballistic missile defense, and arms control. He also participated in policy issues involving export control and the use of space. Hadley served as Secretary of Defense Cheney's representative in talks led by Secretary of State James Baker that resulted in the START I and START II Treaties.

Hadley previously served in a variety of other capacities in the defense and national security field, including serving from 1986–1987 as Counsel to the Special Review Board established by President Ronald Reagan to inquire into U.S. arms sales to Iran (the "Tower Commission"), as a member of the National Security Council staff under President Gerald Ford from 1974–1977, and as an analyst for the Comptroller of the Department of Defense from 1972–1974.

Hadley has been a member of the Department of Defense Policy Board, the National Security Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence, and the Board of Trustees of Analytical Services, Inc. ("ANSER"). His professional legal practice focused on business problems of U.S. and foreign corporations particularly as they involve international business, regulatory, and strategy issues. He received a B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1969, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, the Cornell University Glee Club, and the Quill and Dagger society. He later received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Yale Law School and served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1972 to 1975.

In January 2001, as George W. Bush prepared to take office, Hadley served on a panel for nuclear weapons issues sponsored by the National Institute for Public Policy, a conservative think tank. [ [ Profile: National Institute for Public Policy] , Right Web, 2004-05-06.] Other members of the panel included Stephen Cambone, William Schneider, and Robert Joseph. This panel advocated using tactical nuclear weapons as a standard part of the United States defense arsenal.

In 2002, Hadley was a member of the White House Iraq Group. He admitted fault in allowing a disputed claim about Iraq's quest for nuclear weapons material to be included in Bush's January 28, 2003 State of the Union Address (see Yellowcake forgery). On July 22, 2003, Hadley offered his resignation to Bush because he had "failed in that responsibility" and that "the high standards the president set were not met." Bush denied Hadley's request. Amid this, "The Times" of London [,,2089-1880016,00.html reported] that Hadley was Bob Woodward's source for Valerie Plame's name in the CIA leak scandal, but this report proved to be false when Richard Armitage admitted that he was Woodward's source [,0,3153096.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines] .

In former president Jimmy Carter's book "", Hadley is referred to, without being named, as personally denying Carter permission to visit Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in early 2005 due to "differences with Syria concerning U.S. policy in Iraq." [Carter, J: "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" page 80-81, Simon &Schuster, 2006]

Hadley is married to Ann, a Justice Department lawyer, and has two adult daughters.

Nepal Mix-up

While appearing on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos on April 13, 2008, Hadley repeatedly confused Tibet with Nepal. [ [ Bush aide's Nepal, Tibet flub] Baltimore Sun, 14 April 2008; [ Nepal? Tibet? It's All the Same to Me] The New Republic, 14 April 2008; [ Bush Security Adviser Stephen Hadley Can't Tell The Difference Between Nepal And Tibet] Huffington Post, 13 April 2008; [ When Is a Gaffe Not Newsworthy?] Huffington Post, 14 April 2008;] A White House spokesman later confirmed that Mr. Hadley had misspoken.


"This article incorporates text from Stephen Hadley's National Security Council biography, which, as a work of the U.S. government, is in the public domain"

External links

* [ National Security Council - Stephen Hadley] official biography
* [ "Notable Names Database" profile of Stephen Hadley]
* [ "RightWeb" profile of Stephen Hadley]
* [ "SourceWatch" profile of Stephen Hadley]
* [ "Center for Cooperative Research" profile of Stephen Hadley]
* [ New National Security Adviser Shuns the Spotlight] Newhouse News Service
* [,,2089-1880016,00.html Security adviser named as source in CIA scandal] "The Sunday Times"
* [ The Security Adviser Who Wants the Role, Not the Stage] from the "Washington Post", by Peter Baker, January 29, 2006
* [ The 2006 National Security Strategy] Hadley's Address to U.S. Institute of Peace, March 16, 2006

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