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

A summary of the revised National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM-4) reorganizing the National Security Council and removing Steve Bannon from the NSC and Principals Committee.

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

Separate from the concerns that some have expressed regarding Bannon’s ideology or his qualifications to serve in his new role, the decision to install the White House’s chief political strategist as a key decision maker within the NSC policy process is an ill-conceived decision that threatens to politicize the NSC policy-making process from top to bottom.

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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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More on Proposed Congressional Restrictions on NSC Staff Size

Last Saturday, I wrote about press reports that the House and Senate Armed Services Committees were considering legislation to restrict the size of the NSC staff.   On Tuesday, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry announced that he would offer an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Ac

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