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Will Obama’s National Security Council Include OMB? February 9, 2009

Posted by Molly in Analysis.
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General James L. Jones will chair the National Security Council under President Obama.  <i>Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense</i>

General James L. Jones will chair the National Security Council under President Obama. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense

The new National Security Council (NSC) structure will be formally detailed in a National Security Presidential Directive issued later this week. In order for the Obama administration to be able to manage its national security policy, this directive must include a formal process for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to coordinate with the NSC on all national security matters. Without a structured working relationship between the two organizations, the NSC will not be able to effectively coordinate national security policy across the federal government.

This weekend, Karen DeYoung reported in the Washington Post that the National Security Council (NSC) under President Obama would take on a much more inclusive role than that of its predecessor under President Bush. Obama’s NSC, chaired by retired Marine General James Jones, will include representatives from the Departments of Energy, Treasury, Justice, Commerce and other relevant agencies. In addition, DeYoung reported that new NSC directorates will be tasked to deal with emerging issues such as, “cybersecurity, energy, climate change, nation-building and infrastructure.” While this new structure may provide President Obama with a better coordinating mechanism in the White House, it is still unclear what role the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will have in relation to the NSC. Historically, the relationship between OMB and the NSC has been ad hoc at best and non-existent at worst. Yet, this relationship may be the most important in the entire National Security community because it melds policy with resources at the only able coordinating body in the federal government: the White House.

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