Jamestown Board Member KT McFarland Named Next Deputy National Security Advisor


Contact: Matthew Czekaj




The Jamestown Foundation would like to congratulate Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland for being named Deputy National Security Advisor in President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming Administration. Jamestown Foundation President Glen Howard stated that KT was a vibrant and active member of our board and that we wish her success in her new position in the White House in what is surely one of the key national security decision-making bodies in the US government.

Ms. McFarland was a long-time member of the Jamestown Board of Directors, who joined in June 2008. Up to this point, she has been FOX News’ National Security Analyst and appears regularly on FOX News and FOX Business News. She anchors the show DEFCON3 and writes a regular column for FOXnews.com. She is also the weekly national security commentator for several national radio shows. Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations: as an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger on the NSC Staff (1970–76); member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Staff (1981); Senior Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and later the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (PA) and Pentagon Spokesman (1981–84). Ms. McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for her work in the Reagan Administration (Distinguished Service Award, 1985).

KT McFarland participated in several Jamestown-organized board delegation trips, including to Ukraine (in June 4–8, 2014) as well as Germany and the three Baltic States (June 5–11, 2016).