In anticipation of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, GMF executive vice president and senior advisor for security and defense policy Derek Chollet testified in front of the full House Foreign Affairs Committee on reforming the National Security Council to improve efficiency and accountability. As the “engine room” of U.S. national security and foreign policy, the NSC leads and coordinates the interagency process and integrates policy to ensure coherence. However, the NSC is commonly criticized for being too big, having a proclivity for micro-management, and doing work that federal agencies should do. In his testimony, Chollet outlined the NSC’s strengths and weaknesses and gave his assessment on potential ideas for reform.
For a transcript of the full testimony, please click here.