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April 1, 2009

Homeland Security Council merger with NSC? Hearing Homework

Filed under: Organizational Issues — by Philip J. Palin on April 1, 2009

Tomorrow at 10:00 am (eastern) the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on Presidential Study Directive 1 and a possibe merger of the HSC with the NSC. 

Recently some close to the White House have suggested that “merger” is an unfortunate way to frame the issue.  While I would agree, that is the way the issue continues to be framed. Some key readings:

President Study Directive 1

A pro-merger argument by Christine Wormuth,

A no-merger argument by Paul Stockton.

Abolish both NSC and HSC and start over by PNSR.

Just out this afternoon, is another contribution to the discussion by the Homeland Security Policy Institute.   They have produced a Task Force Report on the Future of the Homeland Security Council that attempts to track all the major arguments.

Some of you have noticed I am on the witness panel.  I look forward to reporting out to you by Friday morning, if not before.  The hearing should be webcast.  You can access the webcast live from the Committee’s schedule webpage.

Chris Bellavita is planning to have one of his provocative pieces to start-off your Thursday morning.

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