This year marks the 60th anniversary of the National Security Act of 1947. Originally referred to as the act of unification, this law combined the War and Navy Departments into a single national military establishment under a Secretary of Defense, created the Air Force as the third service, established a directorate of Central Intelligence, and formed the National Security Council and the decision-making apparatus that largely remains in place today. This anniversary is a good moment to review the act and ask what changes, if any, should be made to deal with the rigors and realities of the 21st century.
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