I'm not available to take on any new threads today, so instead I'll offer this link for your information:
The Washington Post article on Tom Donilon, the incoming U.S. National Security Advisor to the President.
He was the deputy in the office to James L. Jones Jr. from the start of the Obama administration, and got the boost when Jones announced he would be stepped down. No surprise that the administration would move to a more loyalist politico after that, but T. Donilon is just about the textbook example of a political man... and one that, prior to his work under Jones, had no National Security experience.
It's a long read, but do make the time please. When you do, note carefully the names associated with T. Donilon's career and recommendations.