Sunday 7 December 2008

National Security Reform report

The Project on National Security Reform and the Center for the Study of the Presidency has announced the release of their review of the national security interagency system. The report, "Forging a New Shield" (830 page pdf) is the result of Section 1049 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 (PL 110-181) which required a study of the national security interagency system by an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization. A 33-page Executive Summary (pdf) is also available. The members of the committee are unanimous in their sense that the national security of the US is fundamentally at risk, and the report analyzes the problems, causes, and consequences and proposes a set of reforms.
Among the PNSR’s key recommendations are:
  • Establishing a President’s Security Council to replace the National Security Council and Homeland Security.
  • Creating an empowered Director for National Security in the Executive Office of the
  • Initiating the process of shifting highly collaborative, mission-focused interagency teams for priority issues.
  • Mandating annual National Security Planning Guidance and an integrated national security budget.
  • Building an interagency personnel system, including a National Security Professional Corps.
  • Establishing a Chief Knowledge Officer in the PSC Executive Secretariat to ensure that the national security system as a whole can develop, store,retrieve and share knowledge.
  • Forming Select Committees on National Security in the Senate and House of Representatives.

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