In October 2019, newly appointed National Security Advisor (NSA) Robert O’Brien announced plans to shift his efforts and the organization of the National Security Council (NSC) toward its traditional coordinating role. The stated goal is to remake the staff organization less an independent author of foreign policy and instead focus on bringing to the President options developed in collaboration across the interagency. The vision is far from new. Much of that redefinition harkens back to the original structure of the NSC when formed in 1947 and the leadership of its executive secretary Sidney Souers—one of the most unheralded authors of the nation’s postwar national security structure.
How Admiral Souers Shaped the National Security System
The origins of the modern national security systems under Rear Admiral Sidney W. Souers during the post-World War II years.
By Lieutenant Commander Christopher Briem, U.S. Navy Reserve