On Jan. 11, President Donald Trump appointed Charles M. Kupperman as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor. The previous deputy national security advisor, Mira Ricardel, was removed from the position in November after a public clash with First Lady Melania Trump’s office.
During the Reagan administration, Kupperman held positions in the Executive Office of the President and at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Kupperman also worked on Reagan’s presidential campaign as a defense and foreign policy advisor.
In the private sector, Kupperman was a vice president at Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University in 1972 and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1980.