President-elect Barack Obama convenes his first national security team meeting tomorrow (Monday) in Chicago. CNN reports that meeting participants will include Vice President-elect Biden, Homeland Security Secretary nominee Gov. Napolitano, Secretary Gates, Secretary of State nominee Clinton, Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs ADM Mullen. I would think that General Jones, named to be National Security Advisor by the President-elect earlier this month, will attend.
What’ll be on the agenda? Probably a mix of pressing policy issues (i.e. plans for Guantanamo), overseas developments (i.e. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan), and management issues pertaining to the national security departments. That may include proposals for how to align the White House Homeland Security Council with the NSC, the fate of PATRIOT Act provisions slated for sunset, or possibly budget discussions for the departments. Will keep an eye out for details.