United States National Security COuncil, 2001
2001 is a time of incredible optimism and potential. Alongside this optimism is a genuine uncertainty about the character of future affairs and the role of the United States. Without the Soviet Union providing a clearly national adversary, what operational capacity does the U.S. military require, and what is the role of its allies in its global security priorities? While the United States has successfully expanded its allies and trade partners, concurrently expanding the number of responsible states in the international system, how will it deal with threatening rogue states such as Libya, Iraq, and North Korea? Finally, how can the NSC streamline bureaucracy and inter-agency coordination in the intelligence community to ensure the U.S. can effectively predict and neutralize security threats?
We will delve deep into the problems associated with encountering our adversaries on the international stage while navigating the real difficulties inherent in a complex federal bureaucracy. The crucial question for the committee is to clarify the role the United States plays in the 21st century.
George Bush Sr. famously delivered a speech to Congress on the emergence of “a new world order.” Now 10 years later, this committee has the opportunity to bring this vision about.