May 8th, 2009
09:04 AM ET

Family ahead of career for National Security Chief

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Greg Clary

Many of us suffer from working long hours away from our families, but National Security Adviser James Jones says he wants to try and make sure that doesn't happen as much to his employees.

"I am very much intent on getting the right number of people working on the National Security Council so that we don't operate in a crisis mode 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Jones said, "and we recognize that there are moments in our lives that are irreplaceable and if you miss them, you just don't get them back."

The sixty-five-year-old former Marine says being one of the oldest people working in the West Wing of the White House has given him "the benefit of looking back on the years" and learning from mistakes.

"When I was a gung-ho Major and a gung-ho Lieutenant Colonel, I did sacrifice my family for the career and I see these great young men and women who are 20 years younger than I am doing the same kinds of things that I did at their age," Jones said.

Jones spoke at the Military Spouse of the Year event in Washington, D.C. where he says maintaining military families and families in general is critical for the "defense of our society" and national security as a whole.

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  1. Teresa, OH

    Family time is a choice parents make.

    A psychologist I knew once said: Either spend time with your kids when they're young, or I'M going to be spending time with your kids and it's going to cost you.

    Just like what's going on in Chicago with the killings: who do you think is raising these kids? It's not the parents.

    May 8, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  2. Cindy

    At least someone has their head on straight!! People do need to spend way more time with their kids and families instead of being tied to their jobs. If they did then maybe half of the violence and crime would stop.


    May 8, 2009 at 9:49 am |