Homeland Security Council Out? Obama Might Give More Responsibility to National Security Council

December 17, 2008
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According to several former executive branch officials and experts outside government, some of whom have participated in transition proceedings with staffers for President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama, the question is whether to keep the White House’s Homeland Security Council intact or to merge it with the National Security Council, which handles foreign policy matters. The homeland council, which Bush created shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, coordinates domestic policy among a range of federal agencies, as well as state and local governments. But its staff is smaller and bureaucratically less influential than the NSC staff. If Obama merged the two, the portfolio of retired Army Gen. James Jones, the president-elect’s pick for national security adviser, would expand. (National Journal)