This is the second of two columns on reforming the nation's national security apparatus. The first covered the original Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, which focused on the Department of Defense. This column centers on the need for a new version of Goldwater-Nichols for reforming the system, organization, and means by which national security policy is formulated, coordinated, and conducted. This is known as the "inter-agency process," long considered broken by many knowledgeable observers. That process is directed by the National Security Council and consists of many committees and organizations that cut across the relevant government departments, including Defense, State. Intelligence. Treasury, Justice, Energy, Transportation. Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security.
Firing on the Up Roll: A Goldwater-Nichols Bill for Government - Part Two
By Harlan Ullman