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Commerce Undersecretary Mira Ricardel Named Deputy National Security Adviser

Mira Ricardel

Mira Ricardel, undersecretary for export administration at the Commerce Department, will serve as deputy to national security adviser John Bolton, Politico reported Friday.

Ricardel’s appointment to the National Security Council came nearly two weeks after Bolton assumed his current post to replace the retiring Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

“I selected her as deputy national security adviser because her expertise is broad-based and includes national security matters related to our alliances, defense posture, technology security, foreign security assistance and arms control,” Bolton said in a statement.

Ricardel was involved in the development of national security policies and programs during her tenure at the departments of State and Defense. Her career at DoD included roles such as deputy defense assistant secretary for Eurasia, acting assistant secretary for international security policy and principal adviser to the defense secretary.

She led the DoD transition team following the 2016 presidential election and previously served as vice president of programs at nonprofit organization Freedom House.

Ricardel spent nearly 10 years at Boeing, where she served as a vice president with oversight on business development teams responsible for cybersecurity, satellites and missile defense markets.

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