A major goal of the new NSPD was to resolve discrepancies among previous presidential directives and chronic conflicts among agencies with overlapping responsibilities: The State and Defense departments have wrangled over jurisdiction for the war on terrorism in countries where the United States is not at war, and the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have had similar turf disputes at home. The Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon have both claimed roles in intelligence collection abroad.
Now it falls to the National Counterterrorism Center, created by the post-9/11 legislation last year and headed by Adm. Scott Redd, to make sure each entity does what it has been ordered to do. Congress created the NCTC and gave it two mandates: to fuse the intelligence from all the disparate U.S. intelligence and law enforcement entities (as was not done before 9/11) and to conduct “strategic operational planning” across all those agencies to ensure there is a common counterterrorism plan implemented at home and abroad.
The article does not clarify the actual designations of agency roles and responsibilities in the NSPD/HSPD. Nor does Section IX of the new National Security Strategy. But I expect that we’ll learn more soon.