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The Nsc Staff: Counseling The Council
The Nsc Staff: Counseling The Council
By Christopher C. Shoemaker
Westview Press, 1991, 152 pp

The author, who served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Carter and Reagan administrations, provides a valuable historical overview of the staff's uneven evolution and shifting roles. He believes in a strong NSC system and recommends measures designed "to transcend the idiosyncrasies of individual administrations and provide cohesion to national security decision-making."