Accession Number:

ADA464626

Title:

National Interagency Coordination: How the U.S. Can Better Synchronize National Power

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-14

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

The United States projects its immense national power primarily via diplomatic, informational, military, and economic means -- the tools used to implement strategic policy. The national interagency process is the vehicle by which these four tools are coordinated to meet the Presidents National Security Strategy. When this interagency process fails, and governmental organizations fail to harmonize national power, unity of effort is lost, and an incongruent, one-dimensional strategy results. At the national level, the hub of this interagency process is the National Security Council NSC. A properly organized and directed NSC is essential to an effective interagency solution to national security. This paper examines the interagency process at the national level. For background, it will examine the origin and evolution of the NSC, focusing on the Clinton and Bush administrations and the current problems in Iraq. Following a review of todays NSC landscape and its challenges, the paper will examine several proposed solutions. Policy makers, pundits, independent organizations, and Congress have commented on and proposed solutions to the issue new legislation, better executive direction, and specific agency policies are among the solutions they have put forth. In the end, it will be clear that change is necessary, and a viable way ahead that focuses on the strategic planning process is presented.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE