Jake Sullivan (b. 1976) was Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and a Senior Policy Advisor to the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel said Sullivan is one of Obama's
"35-year-old PhDs who love to talk, because that's the way you let everybody know how smart you are, is how much you talk."
Arab SpringHillary Clinton directed her staff to document the case of Hillary’s “brilliance” in providing leadership for the destabilization of Libya. Jake Sullivan wrote the Memorandum, "Secretary Clinton's leadership on Libya":
[Secretary Clinton] has been a critical voice on Libya in administration deliberations, at NATO, and in contact group meetings — as well as the public face of the U.S. effort in Libya. She was instrumental in securing the authorization, building the coalition, and tightening the noose around Qadhafi and his regime.
- Sec. Chuck Hagel continues, "[Obama] has a staff around him that's very inexperienced. I don't think there's one veteran on his senior staff at the White House. I don't believe there's one business person. I don't believe there's one person who's ever run anything. Other than Vice President Biden, none of them have ever been elected to anything." Sec. Robert Gates criticized "staffers calling senior commanders out in the field and asking them questions, of second guessing commanders...I told my combatant commanders and field commanders … if you get calls from … the president, that's one thing. But if you get a call from some White House or National Security Council staffer, you tell them to call me instead, and then tell them, by the way, go to hell." Hagel also criticized Susan Rice's approach and subservience to Obama.