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Title: Role of the National Security Adviser Oral History Roundtable
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Brookings Institution. Foreign Policy Studies Program.
Collection: Role of the National Security Adviser Oral History
Description: Since the Kennedy administration, the assistant to the president for national security affairs (a.k.a. "the national security adviser") has played two roles: manager ("honest broker") of the day-to-day policy process and substantive policy adviser. Presidents clearly want both, but the roles are in tension. Specifically, an assistant who pushes his own views too strongly risks losing the trust of a secretary of state (or defense) who has a different opinion. Some national security advisers have balanced these roles adroitly. Others have not, generating discord within the president's senior advisory team.
Extent: 108 pages
URL: http://www.brookings.edu/fp/research/projects/nsc/transcripts/19991025.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Scowcroft, Brent
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Advisor; Military personnel
Document location: Washington, DC
Document date: 25-Oct-1999
Interviewer: Daalder, Ivo H.; Destler, I. M.
Organizations discussed: U.S. National Security Council
Locations discussed: District of Columbia; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: District of Columbia; National security; National security--Government policy; National security--Law and legislation--United States; National security--United States; North America; Oral history; U.S. National Security Council; United States
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0034267-31720