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Reading the Tea Leaves of Trump’s NSC Shakeup


The announcement on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had removed political advisor Stephen Bannon from his guaranteed seat on the National Security Council’s (NSC) Principals Committee was largely greeted as a step toward restoring the normal order of things in national security decision-making.    continue »

A Colleague’s Response to Finer and Malley on Obama’s Strategy Against Terrorism


The months since Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election have been a time for soul searching among those of us who served in the Obama Administration. Did our work on health policy, climate change, or trade inadvertently contribute to the wave of populist rage that has been credited with carrying Trump to the White House?…   continue »

Disrupting the White House: Peter Thiel’s Influence is Shaping the National Security Council

Over the past week, the White House appointed five new senior National Security Council staff officials. Two in particular signify the emerging and disruptive influence Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel could have on U.S. national security and how he might bring his venture capital perspective — visionary but unconventional leaders, big bets on disrupting established industries — to national security.…   continue »

Trump’s First Counterterrorism Operations and the Prior Interagency Review Process

When a U.S. service member or unanticipated civilian dies in a U.S. military operation, hard questions need to be asked about what happened and how to prevent such tragedies in the future.  The U.S. military is no doubt grappling with these questions, as they always do after these operations, following this weekend’s counterterrorism raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of a U.S.…   continue »

Are Republicans Serious About NSC Reform?

It appears the House Republican project to clip the National Security Council’s (NSC’s) wings may be a larger scale project than reflected in my last post. There, I discuss legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) to bring NSC records back into the coverage of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).…   continue »

The National Security Council as FOIA “Agency”

Two weeks ago, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced a bill that would define the National Security Council (NSC) as an “agency” for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The bill, H.R. 4922 – Transparency in National Security Act, aims to reverse the effect of two federal appellate court rulings that rendered the NSC, as an entity, beyond the scope of FOIA notwithstanding 20 years of NSC processing of FOIA requests. …   continue »