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National Security Council

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.

Donald Trump

Gorkagate Fizzles Out

Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sebastian Gorka, a former national security and terrorism editor at Breitbart who now serves as an advisor to Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, had been detained by TSA agents for trying to carry a gun onto a plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Gorka was charged last January in Virginia state court with carrying a weapon in an airport terminal, a misdemeanor offense.

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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