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Main Title Forging a new shield [electronic resource] /
Publisher Project on National Security Reform, Center for the Study of the Presidency,
Place Published Arlington, VA
Year Published 2008
OCLC Number 276988282
Subject Added Ent National security--United States.; Civil defense--United States.; Emergency management--United States.; Interagency coordination--United States.; Organizational change--United States.
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library   Call Number Additional Info Location Date Modified
EJBM POD Internet only Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 12/15/2008
Collation [37], 793 p. : digital, PDF file.
Notes Title from title screen (viewed on Dec. 4 , 2008). November 2008. "November 26, 2008"--p. [3]. Preserved in the OCLC Digital Archive. Harvested from http://www.pnsr.org/data/files/pnsr_forging_a_new_shield_report.pdf on Dec. 5, 2008. Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes The legacy structures and processes of a national security system that is now more than 60 years old no longer help American leaders to formulate coherent national strategy. 1.The system is grossly imbalanced. It supports strong departmental capabilities at the expense of integrating mechanisms. 2. Resources allocated to departments and agencies are shaped by their narrowly defined core mandates rather than broader national missions. 3. The need for presidential integration to compensate for the systemic inability to adequately integrate or resource missions overly centralizes issue management and overburdens the White House. 4. A burdened White House cannot manage the national security system as a whole to be agile and collaborative at any time, but it is particularly vulnerable to breakdown during the protracted transition periods between administrations. 5. Congress provides resources and conducts oversight in ways that reinforce the first four problems and make improving performance extremely difficult. Taken together, the basic deficiency of the current national security system is that parochial departmental and agency interests, reinforced by Congress, paralyze interagency cooperation even as the variety, speed, and complexity of emerging security issues prevent the White House from effectively controlling the system. The White House bottleneck, in particular, prevents the system from reliably marshaling the needed but disparate skills and expertise from wherever they may be found in government, and from providing the resources to match the skills. That bottleneck, in short, makes it all but impossible to bring human and material assets together into a coherent operational ensemble. Moreover, because an excessively hierarchical national security system does not know what it knows as a whole, it also cannot achieve the necessary unity of effort and command to exploit opportunities.
Access Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web.; System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Corporate Au Added Ent Project on National Security Reform (U.S.); Center for the Study of the Presidency.
PUB Date Free Form 2008
BIB Level m
Medium electronic resource
OCLC Time Stamp 20081205130535
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 03728cam 2200433Ka 45020