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December 26, 1980

Richard V. Allen was named national-security adviser by President-elect Ronald Reagan. The appointment was long expected, despite controversy surrounding Mr. Allen when the Wall Street Journal charged he had misused his influence during the Nixon administration.

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The position of national-security adviser has increased in importance during recent administrations, to the point of being in competition with that of secretary of state, but Mr. Reagan has stressed that Mr. Allen will maintain a low profile.