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1. The President should develop a comprehensive strategy to heighten America's ability to prevent and protect against all forms of attack on the U.S. homeland, and to respond to such attacks if prevention and protection fail.
2. The President should propose, and Congress should agree to create a National Homeland Security Agency (NHSA) with responsibility for planning, coordinating, and integrating various U.S. government activities involved in homeland security. The
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should be a key building block in this effort.
3. The President should propose to Congress the transfer the Customs Service, the Border patrol, and the Coast Guard to the National Homeland Security Agency, while preserving them as distinct entities.
4. The President should ensure that the National Intelligence Council: include homeland security and asymmetric threats as an area of analysis; assign that portfolio to a National Intelligence Officer; and produce National Intelligence Estimates on these threats.
5. The President should propose to Congress the establishment of an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, reporting directly to the Secretary.
6. The Secretary of Defense, at the President’s direction, should make homeland security a primary mission of the National Guard homeland, and the Guard should be organized, properly trained, and adequately equipped to undertake that mission.
7. Congress should establish a special body to deal with homeland security issues, as has been done with intelligence oversight. Members should be chosen for their expertise in foreign policy, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, and appropriations. This body should also include members of all relevant Congressional committees, as well as ex-officio members from the leadership of both
houses of Congress.
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
14. The President should personally guide a top-down strategic planning process and delegate authority to the National Security Advisor to coordinate that process.
15. The President should prepare and present to the Congress an overall national security budget to serve the critical goals that emerge from the National Security Council strategic planning process. Separately, the President should continue to submit budgets of the individual national security departments and agencies for Congressional review and appropriation.
16. The National Security Council should be responsible for advising the President and for coordinating the multiplicity of national security activities, broadly defined to include economic and domestic law enforcement activities as well as the traditional national security agenda. The NSC advisor and staff should resist the temptation to assume a central policymaking and operational role.
17. The President should propose to the Congress that the Secretary of Treasury be made a statutory member of the National Security Council.
18. The President should abolish the National Economic Council, distributing its domestic economic policy responsibilities to the Domestic Policy Council and its international economic responsibilities to the National Security Council.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
19. The President should propose to the Congress a plan to reorganize the State Department, creating five Under Secretaries, with responsibility for overseeing the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, Inter-America, and Near East/South Asia, and redefining the responsibilities of the Under Secretary for Global Affairs. These new Under Secretaries would operate in conjunction with the existing Under Secretary for Management.
20. The President should propose to the Congress that the U.S. Agency for International Development be consolidated into the State Department.
21. The Secretary of State should give greater emphasis to strategic planning in the State Department and link it directly to the allocation of resources through the establishment of a Strategic Planning, Assistance, and Budget Office.
22. The President should ask Congress to appropriate funds to the State Department in a single integrated Foreign Operations budget, which would include all the foreign assistance programs and activities as well as all the expenses for personnel and operations.
23. The President should ensure that Ambassadors have the requisite area knowledge as well as leadership and management skills to function effectively. He should therefore appoint an independent, bipartisan advisory panel to the Secretary of State to vet ambassadorial appointees, career and non-career alike.
NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION ACT
39. Congress should significantly expand the National Security Education Act (NSEA) to include broad support for social sciences, humanities, and foreign languages in exchange for military and civilian service to the nation.
41. The President should order the overhauling of the Foreign Service system by revamping the examination process, dramatically improving the level of on-going professional education, and making leadership a core value of the State Department.
42. The President should order the elimination of recruitment hurdles for the Civil Service, ensure a faster and easier hiring process, and see to it that strengthened professional education and retention programs are worthy of full funding by Congress.
43. The Executive Branch should establish a National Security Service Corps (NSSC) to enhance civilian career paths, and to provide a corps of policy experts with broad-based experience throughout the Executive Branch.
44. Congress should significantly enhance the Montgomery GI Bill, as well as strengthen recently passed and pending legislation supporting benefits—including transition, medical, and homeownership—for qualified veterans.
45. Congress and the Defense Department should cooperate to decentralize military personnel legislation dictating the terms of enlistment/commissioning, career management, retirement, and compensation.
Table 1. USCNS/21 Recommendations
Originally posted by ExPostFacto
5 flags, 7 stars, and 1 comment. I thought for sure this would show proof beyond any doubt that no matter which president you vote for you get the same thing. It doesn't matter, the political ideology, they are all following the same playbook.
Originally posted by venividivici
I'll make it easy for ya
Just prove this one
50: The President should create an implementing mechanism to ensure that the major
recommendations of this Commission result in the critical reforms necessary to ensure
American national security and global leadership over the next quarter century.