A Call for National Security System Transformation
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT FORCES STAFF COLL
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Throughout U.S history, change has been a constant aspect of its development. Sometimes change is embraced, while other times it is shunned. In the national security structure, it is the authors view that an authority above the Cabinet level, yet below the President, is required to direct the planning, coordination and implementation of Presidential policy decisions between all federal government departments to integrate the interagency in support of the U.S. National Security Strategy. This entity would serve as the output mechanism for the nations national security system balancing it against the current systems input mechanisms. This thesis conducted a historical review of key governmental organizational changes, analyzed the current national security system, reviewed interagency strategic guidance, and analyzed recent operational examples. This led to identifying the nexus within our national security structure requiring a transformation. Given the dramatic changes to the strategic environment, protecting our national interests going forward requires a new approach and it starts with a transformation of our national security system structure.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History