AMERICAN NOTES: Expanding the Mandate

When it was established in 1947, the National Security Council was assigned the task of advising "the President with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies . . . with respect to national security." In the ensuing years the term national security has come to be seen as a question of military preparedness and related foreign policy planning. General Maxwell Taylor, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thinks it is now time that the definition and the NSC were broadened.

Writing in the winter 1975 issue of Orbis,...

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