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Release No: 412-13
June 05, 2013

Statement by Secretary Hagel on National Security Personnel Announcements

            I strongly support President Obama's selection of Susan Rice to be the National Security Advisor and look forward to working closely with her in this new role.  Susan Rice has been a very important leader on President Obama's national security team who has helped galvanize the international community to act on some of the toughest security challenges facing the United States.  I also look forward to working with President Obama's nominee to succeed her, Samantha Power.  She brings years of experience at the White House, in academia, and as a journalist to this critical position.

             I want to thank Tom Donilon for his strong leadership and tireless efforts.  For the past four and half years, both in my capacity as co-chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and now as secretary of defense, I have greatly valued Tom's intellect, skill, and dedication to an honest and open process that provides the president with the best advice on the toughest issues.  I wish Tom and his family the very best for the future.