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Mon Jun 10, 2013, 12:51 PM

the NSA and the NSC, any connection?

(the National Security Council and the National Security Agency)

just wondering if the NCC has a role in this. The NSC, of course, was where Ollie North worked for awhile.


National Security Council

The National Security Council (NSC) is the President's principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. Since its inception under President Truman, the Council's function has been to advise and assist the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President's principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies.

The NSC 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 National 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 National Security Council was established by the National Security Act of 1947 (PL 235 - 61 Stat. 496; U.S.C. 402), amended by the National Security Act Amendments of 1949 (63 Stat. 579; 50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.). Later in 1949, as part of the Reorganization Plan, the Council was placed in the Executive Office of the President.



The National Security Agency (NSA) is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. government communications and information systems,[1] which involves information security and cryptanalysis/cryptography.

The NSA is directed by at least a lieutenant general or vice admiral. NSA is a key component of the U.S. Intelligence Community, which is headed by the Director of National Intelligence. The Central Security Service is a co-located agency created to coordinate intelligence activities and co-operation between NSA and other U.S. military cryptanalysis agencies. The Director of the National Security Agency serves as the Commander of the United States Cyber Command and Chief of the Central Security Service.[2]

By law, NSA's intelligence gathering is limited to foreign communications, although domestic incidents such as the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy and PRISM (surveillance program) have occurred.

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Mon Jun 10, 2013, 12:54 PM

1. The NSA head's boss's boss is on the National Security Council. NSA is a component of DoD

NSC is a collection of upper directors who assemble their reports' information for the President

The NSA's director is always a four-star flag officer (General or Admiral), and the deputy director is always a civilian. The NSA director can be required to attend NSC briefings and report, but he is not a member of the NSC per se.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 10, 2013, 12:58 PM

2. very helpful

thank you!

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Response to G_j (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 10, 2013, 01:00 PM

3. Glad to help. The alphabet soup can get confusing (nt)

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