The National Security Staff
What’s Missing in Whole of Government Approaches to National Security
This chapter argues that a successful Whole of Government effort cannot be realized if there is a lack of integration top of the national security system. It criticizes the US National Security Council (NSC) for remaining unchanged since 1947, with its staff continuing to focus primarily on urgent crisis management instead of long-term strategic planning. The author recommends the proper resourcing of the NSC staff in order to improve the adaptability and efficiency of the national security system in meeting new threats. He concludes that only in this way can the NCS positively contribute to the integration of the national security interagency system.
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Jack A LeCuyer