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Tag Archive: National Security Council

Exclusive: Trump’s Trolls Are Waging War on America’s Civil Servants


On June 11, alt-right blogger Mike Cernovich published an article attacking an assistant to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, claiming the previously low-profile civil servant wanted to “sabotage” President Donald Trump.

The piece described Eric Ciaramella as “pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia” and alleged, with no evidence, that he was possibly responsible for high-level leaks.…   continue »

The Knives Are Out for Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster


This story is being cross-posted with Foreign Policy.

Inside the White House, opponents of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s second national security adviser, want him out. This week, they’ve made their campaign against him public, leaking to reporters details about the rocky relationship he has with his boss and trying to paint him as someone hell-bent on overseas nation-building projects that are doomed to fail.…   continue »

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 »