American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The ranking officer of the U.S. Army or Air Force, responsible to the secretary of his or her branch and to the President.
- n. The senior military staff officer at the division level or higher.
- n. The senior officer of any of several services of the armed forces of several nations.
- n. The head of any of several political departments in several nations.
- n. the senior officer of a service of the armed forces
“In Reagans first term, a troika consisting of Ed Meese (presidential counselor in charge of policy), James Baker (chief of staff in charge of personnel, communications, and politics), and Michael Deaver (deputy chief of staff in charge of scheduling) managed the White House with reasonable effectiveness.”
“In comments apparently designed to reassure the financial markets, Mr Clegg's chief of staff Danny Alexander stressed that the centrepiece of any deal would be a plan to tackle Britain's record £163 billion deficit.”
“He also insisted that the title of its chief of staff be changed from the powerful-sounding director to the more reassuring executive secretary, perhaps to mollify Secretary of State George C. Marshall, who worried that with the president as its chair and senior cabinet officials as its members, the Council could markedly diminish the responsibility of the Secretary of State.”
“Finally, Nixon reiterated his decisionin a terse memo to Kissinger, and via a phone call from chief of staff Haldeman to Kissinger conveying the further flourish that anyone opposing it should submit his resignation.”
“He brought into the White House General Maxwell Taylor, Army chief of staff under Eisenhower, who had resigned in protest against what he saw as inadequate attention to building up conventional military forces and had published a critical book in 1960 entitled The Uncertain Trumpet.”
“Fourteen months after that, Kissinger hired him as his deputy on the NSC staff, replacing Al Haig, who had become Nixons new chief of staff after Watergate forced the resignation of the dominant H. R. Haldeman.”
“Aside from my disillusionment on discovering that a congressional chief of staff for a freshman congressman has pretty much zero decision-making power and spends the majority of his time getting yammered at by anyone who feels like it, and aside from my disappointment with Washington in general, I was personally pissed at Bill Martini by then.”
“At the end of February 1987, Donald ReganWhite House chief of staff since the start of the second termwrote out a letter of resignation, forced above all by First Lady Nancy Reagan, who was determined that her husband rebound from the depths to which he had fallen.”
“Obeid and Wali were taken to Cairo's Tora prison, where a string of former top regime figures — including another former prime minister, ruling party chief and chief of staff — are already languishing, facing similar corruption investigations.”
“Haldemans replacement as chief of staff was Alexander Haig, a choice Kissinger viewed with considerable trepidation, given his erstwhile deputys attempt to undercut his peace efforts in the fall of 1972.”
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