The number of active-duty and veteran troops in Trump's National Security Council isn't the issue, it's whether they can account for their biases and adapt to their new institutional roles.
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The Homeland Security Advisor will now report to the National Security Advisor. Though there are good arguments for that organizational structure, on balance it is a mistake.
The changes to the National Security Council—the removal of Steve Bannon and the subordination of the Homeland Security Advisor—appear to reflect an assertion of greater management authority by President Trump’s new National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster.
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.
The White House has released a revised National Security Presidential Memorandum reorganizing the structure of the National Security Council.
NSC staffer Sebastian Gorka's gun charge was dropped today in his sentencing hearing at the Arlington County Circuit Court.
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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.
A brief overview of each President’s NSC and NSC subgroups to show the ever-evolving nature of the National Security Council, and an examination of how unprecedented Bannon’s formal role actually will be.
Speculation that the National Security Act requires Steve Bannon to be confirmed by the Senate if he is to serve on the Principals Committee of the National Security Council is misguided.
Notable Reactions to President Trump’s National Security Presidential Memorandum on the National Security Council
A roundup of notable responses to President Trump's memorandum reorganizing the National Security Council.