has had a distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat serving under five presidents during the last four decades. After the September 11 attacks, McNamara was asked to return to government as the Senior Advisor for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the State Department. More recently, from 2006 to 2009, he served under both Presidents Bush and Obama as the presidentially-appointed director for federal, state, and local government reform of information management.
McNamara has also served as Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs at the State Department as well as Ambassador to Colombia. In addition, he has held positions at the U.S. National Security Council as Director of Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics and as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.Today he teaches at The George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington, DC.