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 Post subject: KT McFarland- Dep National Security Advisor
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:08 am 
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Kathleen Troia "K.T." McFarland (born July 22, 1951) was selected on November 25, 2016 as President-elect Donald Trump's Deputy National Security Advisor. Previously she was an American national security analyst and a former and designated government security official. McFarland had been serving as a Fox News national security analyst, host of its DEFCON program, and contributor to its Opinions page columnist.

McFarland was born Kathleen Troia on July 22, 1951 in Madison, Wisconsin, the eldest of four children of Edith (née Fuller; 1929–2011) and August Joseph Troia (1925–2013). McFarland is a graduate of George Washington University.


McFarland's government career began while she was a freshman at George Washington University, working part-time in the White House Situation Room typing the President's Daily Brief. She spent seven years 1970-76 in the West Wing of the White House, working her way up to become a member of Henry Kissinger's National Security Council staff. After the Ford Administration, McFarland studied at Oxford University (BA, MA) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China, and the Soviet Union(study toward PhD, dissertation not completed). She returned during the Reagan Administration as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee staff. Then, in President Ronald Reagan's administration, she served as the speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger from 1982 to 1985 and later as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon spokesperson. Lessons from the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings and reflections of military officers with experiences from the 1970s led to a November 1984 speech by the Defense Secretary. The Weinberger Doctrine, as it came to be called, laid out the Reagan administration's policy regarding use of force: In essence, only go to war if it is in America's vital national interest, and then only to win.

In 1985, McFarland received the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

McFarland is a board member of The Jamestown Foundation.

McFarland ran as a Republican in the New York United States Senate election, 2006, for the seat then held by Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Fox News and David Petraeus

It was reported in late 2012 that, as a Fox News analyst headed to Afghanistan in spring 2011, McFarland carried a message from Roger Ailes to commanding General David Petraeus encouraging Petraeus to run for president if President Barack Obama did not offer Petraeus the position of head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Obama later offered Petraeus the top CIA job, Petraeus accepted it and no Petraeus presidential campaign developed. McFarland responded to the 2012 report by writing that Ailes was "joking" in sending his message and that "Petraeus and I were having fun" engaging in "the kind of idle speculation that happens in every campaign season". She also raised the questions of how the off-the-record conversation was taped and how the tape was then released 18 months later, writing they were "more interesting" than the ones considered in the initial report.

Trump Administration

On November 25, 2016, it was reported McFarland was selected as President-elect Donald Trump's Deputy National Security Advisor, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Retired general Michael T. Flynn, who will serve as President Trump's national security adviser, tweeted a welcome to McFarland.

McFarland has been highly critical of President Obama's approach to combating terrorism, saying he has not acknowledged the threat that global Islamism poses to Western civilization.

 Post subject: Re: KT McFarland- Dep National Security Advisor
PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:58 pm 

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Just a minor point about the CV which states "Oxford University (BA, MA) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics". This is incorrect. The Oxford MA " is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred 21 terms after matriculation. The Oxford MA allows students to reach a new status within the University and is not an upgrade of their BA or an additional qualification'. It is awarded without further study and therefore has no subject or class."
This means that McFarlane does not have a qualification cited as "(BA, MA) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics". The Oxford MA is NOT a qualification and it "has no subject or class."
She only has a bachelor degree from Oxford University.

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