How to become the advisor on foreign affairs to the President of the United States? In the case of Tom Donilon, a path from politics to policy:
A longtime political operative, Mr. Donilon has methodically reinvented himself as a maestro of international affairs, consolidating control of the national security apparatus in a corner West Wing office stacked with classified briefing books as thick as a fist. He oversaw support for the Libya war that toppled Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. He made sure surge troops left Afghanistan as scheduled. He is a champion of Mr. Obama’s so-called pivot to Asia.
Great short bio on someone who in the classic Beltway fashion has a number of friends and just as many enemies–but probably more frenemies.