National Security Enterprise Navigating the Labyrinth

ISBN-10: 158901698X

ISBN-13: 9781589016989

Edition: 2011

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Description: Recent breakdowns in American national security have exposed the weaknesses of the nation's vast overlapping security and foreign policy bureaucracy and the often dysfunctional interagency process. In the literature of national security studies, however, surprisingly little attention is given to the specific dynamics or underlying organizational cultures that often drive the bureaucratic politics of U.S. security policy.The National Security Enterprise offers a broad overview and analysis of the many government agencies involved in national security issues, the interagency process, Congressional checks and balances, and the influence of private sector organizations. The chapters cover the National Security Council, the Departments of Defense and State, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget. The book also focuses on the roles of Congress, the Supreme Court, and outside players in the national security process like the media, think tanks, and lobbyists. Each chapter details the organizational culture and personality of these institutions so that readers can better understand the mindsets that drive these organizations and their roles in the policy process.Many of the contributors to this volume are long-time practitioners who have spent most of their careers working for these organizations. As such, they offer unique insights into how diplomats, military officers, civilian analysts, spies, and law enforcement officials are distinct breeds of policymakers and political actors. To illustrate how different agencies can behave in the face of a common challenge, contributors reflect in detail on their respective agency's behavior during the Iraq War.This impressive volume is suitable for academic studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level; ideal for U.S. government, military, and national security training programs; and useful for practitioners and specialists in national security studies.

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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

George Bush was President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He lives in Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine. Brent Scowcroft was National Security Advisor under Presidents Ford and Bush. He is president of The Scowcroft Group, Inc., an international consulting firm, and president of the Forum for International Policy, a nonprofit foreign policy foundation, both based in Washington, D.C. He lives in Maryland. From the Hardcover edition.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The National Security Enterprise: Institutions, Cultures, and Politics
The Interagency Process
History of the Interagency Process for Foreign Relations in the United States: Murphy's Law?
The Evolution of the NSC Process
The Office of Management and Budget: The President's Policy Tool
The State Department: Culture as Interagency Destiny?
The Office of the Secretary of Defense: Civilian Masters?
The Military: Forging a Joint Warrior Culture
Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Promising Start Despite Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Animosity
Central Intelligence Agency: The President's Own
The Evolving FBI: Becoming a New National Security Enterprise Asset
The Department of Homeland Security: Chief of Coordination
The President's Partners and Rivals
Congress: Checking Presidential Power
The United States Supreme Court: The Cult of the Robe in the National Security Enterprise
The Outside Players
Lobbyists: U.S. National Security and Special Interests
Think Tanks: Supporting Cast Players in the National Security Enterprise
The Media: Witness to the National Security Enterprise
Conclusion: Navigating the Labyrinth of the National Security Enterprise
Contributors
Index
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