[George W. Bush]'s NSC, with Condoleezza Rice in charge, has a redefined mission: Organize, don't strategize. And Hadley, as Rice's top lieutenant, is the man most responsible for the internal functioning of an NSC that has, by design, been turned into a smaller, less ambitious operation.
After all, the "stovepipes" at State and Defense -- Colin L. Powell and Donald H. Rumsfeld -- are not the types who would allow their functions to be "reproduced." And just down the hall from Rice and Hadley is Vice President Cheney, Hadley's former boss, who hardly needs the NSC to tell him what to do.
A wiry man with a Jack Nicholson rasp in his voice, Hadley wears many hats at the NSC. Because of his background, he plays a top role in coordinating the administration's missile defense initiative. After Bush began efforts to set aside the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, he dispatched a trio including Hadley to reassure allies.
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