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Deputy National Security Adviser Is Returning to Duty With the Navy

Updated 1:15 p.m.
By Al Kamen
A senior Obama administration foreign policy adviser will leave the White House in the next week or so, returning to military service for another deployment as an intelligence officer with the Navy SEALs.

Mark Lippert, a reservist in the Navy, is the administration's deputy national security adviser for operations and serves as chief of staff of the National Security Council. Before President Obama took office, Lippert was his top foreign policy aide in the Senate.

Lippert missed much of the presidential campaign when he was deployed to Iraq for a year from 2007 to the summer of 2008. This time he's expected to be deployed for six to nine months.

In a statement, Obama called Lippert a "close friend" and said he "will always have a senior foreign policy position in this White House, when he chooses to return to civilian life."

Lippert's move sparked some movement at the top ranks of the NSC. Denis McDonough, who is now deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, takes over for Lippert as NSC chief of staff.

Ben Rhodes, who had been a top foreign policy aide during the presidential campaign and is now a White House speechwriter, will move to the NSC to take McDonough's job.

Nate Tibbits, formerly a top official with the think-tank Center for a New American Security and now in the office of presidential personnel, was named executive secretary of the NSC.

Posted at 9:51 AM ET on Oct 1, 2009  | Category:  National Security
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So,WAPO go find out the real facts on why
one of Loser in Chief Barack Hussein Obama
Deputy National Security Advisors left the
Obama White House,or was he fired and ask to leave for opposing Obama War Policies
in the Obama's Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
or did he really want to go back on active
duty with the US Navy? As,some of us with
inquiring minds really want to know here!

Posted by: Karen2009 | October 2, 2009 12:55 AM

So these party of NO losers are opposed to Lippert returning to duty in the Navy?!!!..Get a life you sad people.
America made the right choice in 2008 and President Barack Obama is here to stay until 2016.

Posted by: ruraledcomm | October 1, 2009 11:02 PM

This guy is not a SEAL right? He is a Navy intell type assigned to them?

Posted by: rscclc | October 1, 2009 7:50 PM

KBlit: There is no such thing now, nor has there ever been any such thing as a "secret Navy SEAL". Either one is a SEAL and their name is listed on the rolls, or they are not a SEAL. The cold hard fact is that anyone whose name is not listed as a graduate of BUDS is not now, and has never been, a Navy SEAL.

JEAtkinson, US Navy (ret)

Posted by: JEAtkinsonUSNavyret | October 1, 2009 1:34 PM

Most of President Obama's real "insider"
advisory group, especially the former members of his Chicago "mafia" have no military service......I hate to see anyone who has, leave....the difference is that
Mark Lippert has to get back on active duty as part of fulfilling his obligation to the U.S. military. The real bozos on Obama's team will still be in DC.

Posted by: bob82 | October 1, 2009 11:55 AM

Mark Lippert doesn't need a "war credential" - he already has it. He left in the middle of the campaign last year to perform his reserve duty and takes it very seriously. I have known him for years, and despite our significant political differences, I can say that he is one of the nicest, humblest, most decent people I have worked with in Washington. I hope he returns safely from his upcoming tour of service to our country.

Posted by: kelleyc123 | October 1, 2009 11:14 AM

Either things are much tougher in Obama land than we know or this guy is planning on running for office and needs the war credential. Either way it is bad when volunteering to go to Iraq beats working at the WH. This guy is in the naval reserve unit which is mainly setup for political hacks and almost never calls up anyone in the Government unless they want to go. Maybe he is a 'secret Navy SEAL' like Obama said he was before the election--how quickly we forget.

Posted by: KBlit | October 1, 2009 10:31 AM

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