United States National Security Council

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The National Security Council (NSC) was created by the National Security Act of 1947 to coordinate foreign policy and defense policy, and to reconcile diplomatic and military commitments and requirements. Since then, its primary function has been to advise the President and serve as a forum for managing the competition between the State and Defense Departments.

The National Security Council is chaired by the President. Its regular attendees (both statutory and non-statutory) are the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the statutory military advisor to the Council, and the Director of Central Intelligence is the intelligence advisor. The Chief of Staff to the President, Counsel to the President, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy are invited to attend any NSC meeting. The Attorney General and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget are invited to attend meetings pertaining to their responsibilities. The heads of other executive departments and agencies, as well as other senior officials, are invited to attend meetings of the NSC when appropriate.

The current Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (also commonly known as the National Security Advisor) is Stephen Hadley. The Deputy National Security Advisor is J.D. Crouch II.

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