Tracing the National Security Council’s ‘Unprecedented Evolution’


The National Security Council is an integral part of U.S. foreign policy, despite the fact that most Americans know little about what it actually does.

In a new book, “White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War,” author John Gans traces what he calls “the unprecedented evolution of a powerful and opinionated institution at the heart of government with little legal foundation, oversight from Congress, or exposure to the press and the American public.”

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Gans is the director of communications and research at the University of Pennsylvania’s global policy institute and is a former advisor and chief speechwriter at the Pentagon. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and recently spoke at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Gans joins “Chicago Tonight” for a conversation.

Read an excerpt from the book here.


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