Top Security Officials Removed From National Security Council, Replaced By Steve Bannon (Chief Strategist With No Security Experience)

 In National Security and Military Operations   Last Updated: June 21, 2017

The National Security Council is “the senior interagency forum for consideration of policy issues affecting national security“.  It traditionally includes senior ranking security officials from any security, defense, and homeland security related departments and agencies.  It has drawn controversy when it became clear that the NSC at least partially oversees drone killing and a secret kill list, but also is considered to be “exempt from both the documentation requirements of the Federal Records Act and the disclosure requirements of the Freedom of Information Act“.

Trump has removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (nation’s highest ranking military officer) and the Director of National Intelligence (who will still be included only “where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed“).

Trump has replaced these high ranking security officials with his Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, who was formerly the Chairman of Breitbart News, a media organization that frequently publishes sexist, anti-Semitic, racist, and misogynist content.  Bannon has no official national security or military experience.





Montanaro, Domenico. “FACT CHECK: Spin Aside, Trump’s National Security Council Has A Very Big Change.” NPR. N.p., 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.
Cox, Douglas, and Ramsey Kassem. “Off the Record: The National Security Council, Drone Killings, and Historical Accountability.” Yale Journal On Regulation 31.2 (2014): n. pag. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.
Lekach, Sasha.  “Quotes From Trump’s New Chief Strategist That Will Terrify You.”  Mashable.  Mashable, 15 Nov. 2016.  Web. 21 Jan. 2017.

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