Trump’s New National Security Adviser is Making the NSC Great Again

Deroy Murdock recently pointed out the inefficient government agency that was the National Security Council.

Well, now, according to Murdock it is being revamped and gutted.

According to Fox News:

Robert C. O’Brien, President Trump’s new national security adviser, has launched an initiative to right-size the National Security Council. This is not a Night of the Long Knives aimed at scores of potential anti-Trump whistleblowers, as anti-Trump paranoiacs have convinced themselves.

The goal of this NSC reform effort is to slice Obama-Biden’s Big Government blubber that engulfed even the White House office that, since 1947, has furnished foreign-policy information and options to America’s presidents.

Fast forward to Obama-Biden: NSC policy positions had grown to some 230 staffers. As an NSC official told me: “That number was so high that Congress stepped in and adopted legislation that required the NSC to limit its policy slots to under 200, or the position of NSC chief might be made subject to Senate confirmation.” There were so many people in functional-area roles — such as coordinating defense, tracking WMDs, and tightening transportation and border security — that they were stepping on the toes of those in regional-focus posts, such as Asian and Latin American area specialists. Atop this internal duplication, Obama-Biden’s NSC had begun to mirror positions at agencies outside the White House.

• “Reducing the size of NSC staff to match contemporary national security priorities will help to eliminate duplication and should increase the effectiveness of its advice to the president,” says Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Returning some detailed staff will enable federal agencies to restore some of their own foreign policy capabilities. Since NSC staffing is flexible, it can be reduced further or increased in the future, as needed.”

President Trump and his administration have quietly reduced the size of the federal government and this is just another example.


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