President Biden Announces John Kirby as NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications

Today, President Biden announced that John Kirby, who is currently the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, will be the new National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House. In this role, Kirby will coordinate interagency efforts to explain United States policy and serve as spokesperson for the senior administration on related issues, including, when appropriate, on the White House podium. This position will be housed at the NSC and will report to the National Security Advisor.

Statement from President Biden:

“John Kirby is uniquely qualified for this position, and I look forward to bringing his experience, knowledge, and experience to the White House. From his work as Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson at the State Department to his working at the Pentagon, most recently as Assistant to the Public Affairs Secretary and Press Secretary, John understands the intricacies of U.S. foreign and defense policy, and he will competently represent the administration on important issues. of national security.

Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan:

“I am proud to welcome John to the team. I’m thrilled to see him get to work on behalf of the President and the entire national security enterprise.

Statement from John Kirby:

“I am incredibly honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve my country and this administration. I am so grateful to President Biden for his confidence in me and to Secretary Austin for his tremendous support and leadership over the past 18 months. Secretary Austin was more than my boss; he was a mentor and a confidant, and he helped make me a better communicator. He trusted me to speak on behalf of the ministry and he trusted me to speak on his behalf. These are precious responsibilities whose weight I felt and respected on a daily basis. I thank him for that. I also thank my entire team at OSD Public Affairs. When I messed up, they fixed it “When I’ve done well, they’ve done it well. I’ve never known a better team of professionals. I’m excited to start this next assignment very soon, but I will surely miss each and every one of them.”

John Kirby, NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications

John Kirby is currently the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. In this role, he advises Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Undersecretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks and is the department’s primary spokesperson. Kirby previously served at the State Department, serving as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Public Affairs from December 2015 to January 2017 and as State Department Spokesperson from May 2015 to January 2017. Prior to the Department of State, Kirby served as the Pentagon Press Secretary under Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Kirby entered service in the United States Navy in September 1986 and served in uniform for more than 28 years, before retiring in 2015 at the rank of rear admiral. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 1985 and holds a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy State University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. .