ROAD MAP FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
Imperative for Change
Envisioned as the most sweeping review of U.S. national security requirements and
organization since the enactment of the 1947 National Security Act, a commission co-
chaired by former U.S. senators Gary Hart and Warren Rudman warned of grave new
threats facing the nation, including international terrorism and the proliferation of
weapons of mass destruction. As part of its "institutional redesign" of the U.S. government
the commission made several recommendations on the proper role of the NSC to address
these new threats.
|•||Most critically, no overarching strategic framework guides U.S. national security policymaking or resource allocation. Budgets are still prepared and appropriated as they were during the Cold War.|
|•||The power to determine national security policy has migrated toward the National Security Council (NSC) staff. The staff now assumes policymaking and operational roles, with the result that its ability to act as an honest broker and policy coordinator has suffered.|
|•||Difficulties persist in ensuring that international political and security perspectives are considered in the making of global economic policy, and that economic goals are given proper attention in national security policymaking.|
The U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century was established by the Defense Department in 1999 and cochaired by for-
mer U.S. senators Gary Hart (D–Colo.) and Warren Rudman (R–N.H.). It released its final report, "Road Map for National Security:
Imperative for Change" on March 15, 2001.
Gary Hart is an attorney and author on public and international affairs living in Colorado. Warren B. Rudman, cofounder of the Con-
cord Coalition, practices law in Washington, D.C.