Think tanks are starting to release some significant reports for the next president. The Project on National Security Reform recently released its preliminary findings. The project’s goal is to revisit the National Security Act of 1947, which put in place the current infrastructure for national security (like the Defense Department!).
The project has a bipartisan cast of star advisors – Norm Augustine, Leon Fuerth, Newt Gingrich, Wesley Clark, Brent Scrowcroft, and more.
The preliminary report – more than 100 pages – concludes: “The world for which the national security system was created no longer exists.” It identified a series of insights that should underlay any reform efforts, including:
· The system must produce a collaborative government approach
· Resources much match goals and objectives
· The new system must be able to deal more effectively with other nations
It encourages the creation of a “national security workforce bound by a national security culture that rewards cooperation and collaboration,” and have “Oversight and Accountability of the system as a whole, rather than of its constituent parts.”
The findings report does not offer solutions. This report is designed to only set the stage. Another report, along with detailed findings, are due out in October.