National Security Presidential Directive

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The first National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) released by President George Walker Bush on March 13, 2001 (dated February 13, 2001) reorganized and expanded the National Security Council and added six new regional NSC coordinating committees plus an additional eleven new coordinating committees:

  • Six regional NSC/PCCs: Europe and Eurasia, Western Hemisphere, East Asia, South Asia, Near East and North Africa, and Africa. Each was to be chaired by an official of Under Secretary or Assistant Secretary rank to be designated by the Secretary of State.
  • Eleven NSC/PCCs were also established for the following functional topics, each to be chaired by a person of Under Secretary or Assistant Secretary rank designated by the indicated authority:
    • Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations (by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs);
    • International Development and Humanitarian Assistance (by the Secretary of State);
    • Global Environment (by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy in concert);
    • International Finance (by the Secretary of the Treasury);
    • Transnational Economic Issues (by the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy);
    • Counter-Terrorism and National Preparedness (by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs);
    • Defense Strategy, Force Structure, and Planning (by the Secretary of Defense);
    • Arms Control (by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs);
    • Proliferation, Counterproliferation, and Homeland Defense (by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs);
    • Intelligence and Counterintelligence (by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs); and
    • Records Access and Information Security (by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs).

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