Implements America’s long-term national security strategy and helps lead the interagency process, working closely with federal agencies related to national security and intelligence.
After serving as the Asia Director on the National Security Council since 2017, Matt Pottinger was appointed by Ambassador Robert O’Brien to become the Deputy National Security Advisor. Before his time in government, Pottinger served as a military intelligence officer in the Marine Corps, where he served three deployments – one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Pottinger began his professional career as a journalist at Reuters and the Wall Street Journal between 1998 and 2005. During this time, he spent seven years reporting from China. Pottinger is fluent in Mandarin and gradated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies.