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Organizing the NSC: I Like Ike's

Paul D. Miller Jul 24, 2013

In the September 2013 issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly, Associate Director Paul D. Miller published a piece in "The Contemporary Presidency" series. 

Abstract: The United States’ national security establishment lacks an integrated strategic planning capability. The current National Security Council (NSC) system relies heavily on part-time committees that lack the clout and time to execute strategic planning. The president could overcome this difficulty by looking to President Eisenhower's NSC system. Eisenhower's NSC relied on a Planning Board—which was neither a part-time committee nor fulltime staff—to get realistic planning that was not captive to parochial interests and to foster a national, strategic mindset without falling prey to an ivory-tower mind-set divorced from reality. 

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