White House Memo Outlines Structure of National Security Council

White House Memo Outlines Structure of National Security Council
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The White House has issued a new memorandum announcing the renewal of the National Security Council (NSC) system. 

The document published Thursday states that the NSC will help the president integrate all aspects of national security policy by coordinating agencies and executive departments in long-term strategic planning and policy development and implementation.

The memo details the regular attendees of NSC meetings and the structure of the council’s principals committee, deputies committee and interagency policy committees.

According to the document, the principals committee will serve as the “senior interagency forum for consideration of policy issues affecting national security” with the national security adviser acting as chair.

The deputies committee will help monitor and review the NSC interagency process-related work and address national security-related policy issues. This panel will be chaired by the principal deputy national security adviser.

The interagency policy committees will oversee the development and implementation of national security policies by multiple government agencies. 

“They shall provide policy analysis for consideration by the more senior committees of the NSC system and ensure timely responses to decisions made by the President. The IPCs shall be established at the direction of the National Security Advisor, and be chaired by his or her designees,” the memo reads.

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