Stephen J. Hadley

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Stephen J. Hadley, Deputy National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's "right-hand man" in the Bush administration's National Security Council, was "the fall guy when allegations arose regarding the national security adviser's mishandling of information about Iraq's purported effort to buy uranium from Niger," according to RightWeb. [1]

"Italy's intelligence chief met with Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley just a month before the Niger forgeries first surfaced," Laura Rozen reported October 25, 2005, in The American Prospect.

Former director of the United States Institute of Peace.

Treasongate: Beyond Karl Rove

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley was "the senior administration official" who told Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward that Valerie Plame Wilson was a CIA officer, attorneys close to the investigation and intelligence officials" told Raw Story reporters Larisa Alexandrovna and Jason Leopold November 16, 2005.

Bush's "Top Lieutenant"

Identified by the Washington Post as Rice's "top lieutenant", Hadley, "along with CIA Director George J. Tenet -- took responsibility for allowing into Bush's State of the Union 2003 address a dubious and ultimately inaccurate claim about Saddam Hussein's efforts to obtain nuclear materials." [2]

The February 13, 2001, George W. Bush's first National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) expanded the National Security Council "and added 11 new coordinating committees." The Directive, in effect, allowed Hadley to attend NSC meetings and made him Executive Secretary of the NSC. [3]

Hadley was "formerly with the National Institute for Public Policy and a former member of ANSER Institute's Board of Trustees. [4]


Hadley was born in 1947 in Toledo, Ohio. "From 1972 to 1974, Hadley served as a comptroller for an analysis group for the assistant secretary of defense. He then worked in the National Security Council's Office of Program Analysis for three years before leaving government service in 1977 and becoming an associate, and then partner, at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner, ... [where he worked] until 2001, taking leaves in 1986 to serve as counsel to the President's Special Review Board--also known as the Tower Commission--and again in 1989 when he served for four years as assistant secretary for international security policy in the Department of Defense." [5]


  • Deputy National Security Advisor, National Security Council (current)
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, Department of Defense (1989-1993)
  • Counselor, President's Special Review Board (Tower Commission) (1986)
  • National Security Council's Office of Program Analysis (1975-1977)
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, Department of Defense (1972-1974)
  • Partner, Shea & Gardner (1977-2001)
  • Principal, Scowcroft Group
  • Director, ANSER Analytic Services

Source: RightWeb.


  • B.A., Cornell University (with highest honors) (1969)
  • J.D., Yale University Law School (1972)

Contact Information

White House Office of Stephen J. Hadley, phone: (202) 456-9491

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External articles

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  • Human Freedom Advisory Council, George W. Bush Institute, accessed November 14, 2015.