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PNSR at the HCHS Hearing on potential NSC-HSC merger tomorrow, Thurs. April 2, 2009

April 1, 2009



Thursday, April 2

House Committee on Homeland Security Hearing

10:00 a.m., Rm. 311

Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

National Security Expert Available to Discuss Project on National Security Reform Stance on Proposed Merger of the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council

WHAT: David Trulio, former special assistant to the President and executive secretary of the Homeland Security Council (2006-2008) and a senior advisor to the Project on National Security Reform, is available to discuss PNSR support for a proposed HSC-NSC merger.

President Obama ordered a 60-day review on the issue under Presidential Study Directive-1, which is due by April 23. The Committee on Homeland Security will hear testimony from several national security experts and former senior government officials about their views on a merger.

Today, the artificial bifurcation between the NSC and HSC is exposing U.S. policy to unnecessary risks and inefficiencies. Although a merger presents challenges, PNSR believes one single council with flexible membership would make the national security system more efficient and holistic for addressing the current international security environment.

Tomorrow’s hearing is an important discussion of a merger’s potential advantages and disadvantages. PNSR supports such a debate to ensure the Obama Administration adopts an integrated model that avoids potential problems associated with a combined council.

WHEN: Following 10:00 a.m. hearing, Thursday, April 2.

WHERE: House Cannon Office Building, Rm. 311

Southeast of the Capitol bounded by Independence Ave., First Street, New Jersey Avenue and C Street, S.E.

Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: Judith Evans, 703-387-7610 (office), 202-679-6668 (cell),

Frances Hardin, 703-387-7613 (office), 202-640-9387 (cell),

The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization working to modernize and improve the U.S. national security system to better protect the American people against 21st century dangers. Funded and supported by Congress, foundations and corporations, PNSR is carrying out one of the most comprehensive studies of the U.S. national security system in American history.


Details on the hearing from the HCHS:

“Homeland Security Policymaking:  HSC at a Crossroads and Presidential Study Directive 1”

Kenneth L. Wainstein, Former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the President, O’Melveny & Myers
Frances Fragos Townsend, Former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the President
Philip J. Palin, Senior Fellow, National Institute for Strategic Preparedness
Tom Frazier, Executive Director, Major Cities Chiefs Association
Bruce Hoffman, Professor, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University

Witnesses will share their views on the prospect of a Homeland Security Council/National Security Council merger as may be the outcome of the 60-day White House review that is underway (Presidential Study Directive 1).

There will be a webcast of this hearing

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