Today is an exciting day for the National Security Council staff. That’s right, I said it, we are once again the National Security Council staff. This change is a bit of inside baseball for foreign policy and national security wonks—and involves a mouthful of acronyms of course—but exciting for us nonetheless.
For those of you who don’t know, back in May 2009, when the Administration announced the merger of the National Security Council staff and the Homeland Security Council staff, the combined team was renamed the “National Security Staff”—or “NSS” for short. The name reflected a desire to ensure a cohesive and seamless consolidation of the two organizations. Now nearly four years later, and with the overwhelming support of the staff, the Administration has decided to change the name back to the National Security Council staff, which is the name our organization used from the signing of the National Security Act of 1947 until 2009.