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March 16, 2006

US News previews NSPD-46/HSPD-15

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christian Beckner on March 16, 2006

On Monday I wrote about the issuance of a new presidential directive (NSPD-46/NSPD-15) related to the war on terror. US News provides additional details about the directive in this story:

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.

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Pingback by Homeland Security Watch » Blog Archive » The bumpy road of NSPD-46 / HSPD-15

April 20, 2006 @ 7:46 am

[…] About a month ago I wrote two posts on NSPD-46/HSPD-15, a new classified Presidential directive intended to clarify roles and responsibilities on the war on terror. In the intervening month, no new information emerged on the directive, until Jim Hoagland’s column in the Washington Post last weekend, which clarified that its implementation is bogged down in turf wars, and noted that internal conflicts over its meaning are symptomatic of the problem it is trying to address: The blueprint — whose broad outline was approved in private last month at the White House — commits the administration to concentrating its national security powers on defeating jihadist terrorism at home and abroad. But a series of internal battles that have been kept more secret than the classified document itself has delayed final agreement on who has the authority to carry out its most demanding responsibilities. […]

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