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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."