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Intelligence Studies Essay

The Intelligence Studies Essay: "After you, Alphonse," or Why Two Different Intelligence Agencies Now Attend National Security Council Meetings, Whether It Matters, and How to Mitigate the Potential Hazards

Steve Slick is a clinical professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and directs the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas-Austin. He was a member of CIA’s clandestine service, and served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush and the NSC’s Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform. This essay was reviewed and approved by the CIA’s Publications Review Board.

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NSPM-4: “Organization of the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and Subcommittees”: A Summary

This morning, Bloomberg reported that President Donald Trump had filed a revised National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM-4) reorganizing the National Security Council.

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White House Releases Revised National Security Presidential Memorandum

The White House has released a revised National Security Presidential Memorandum reorganizing the structure of the National Security Council. The memorandum lists the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as "regular attendees" of the Principals Committee and no longer includes the President's Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon.

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Backgrounder: Senators Introduce Bill to Restrict NSC Membership

On Thursday, February 2, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to restrict National Security Council (NSC) membership and the composition of the National Security Council’s senior decision-making committee.

Politics & National Security

Best Military Intelligence Foreign Policy Political Advice: The Problem With National Security Presidential Memorandum 2

In 2012, I witnessed a scene that has been on my mind this week: then-Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough reprimanded a less experienced staffer for merely referencing the ongoing reelection campaign during a mid-level NSC policy meeting. Why? Because, he said, “politics have no place in the Situation Room.”

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NSPM 2—Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council: A Summary

Earlier today, President Donald Trump issued NSPM-2, which reorganizes the National Security Council. Every president that comes into office creates a National Security Policy Memorandum to reorganize the NSC to reflect their own sensibilities. Below is a summary of how President Trump has organized his NSC.

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