The publication Inside Defense reports on the new National Security Presidential Directive-46/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-15, issued on a classified basis this month:
President Bush has issued a new, classified directive to better coordinate the efforts of all federal agencies that play a role in fighting militant Islamic terrorist activities around the world, according to a senior government official.
Bush recently signed the document, National Security Presidential Directive-46/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-15, said the official. Also referred to as the “War on Terror” directive, it reflects a desire by the White House to better orchestrate activities across a wide range of bureaucratic jurisdictions — including diplomatic, legal, financial and military — that are collectively assigned to counter extremist groups and terrorist networks.
“This new directive will synchronize the efforts of all the government agencies that have a role to play in the global war on terror,” said the official, who asked to not be identified.
Fred Jones, a spokesman for the National Security Council, declined to comment on the new decree, citing a White House policy of not discussing classified directives.
The new directive, the senior official said, reflects many themes spelled out in the Defense Department’s National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terror.
Here’s the National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terror. Hopefully the government will release an unclassified version of the NSPD/HSPD so that people can better understand the intention of this directive.