National Security Council

Fight Looms Over Size of White House National Security Staff
Would capping NSC at 50 people handicap the next president?

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, would cap the size of the National Security Council staff via a defense policy bill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Obama administration is fighting a House Republican effort to slash the size of the White House National Security Council staff, arguing it would severely constrain the next commander in chief.  

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry , R-Texas, with other GOP members, wants to cap the president’s national security planning staff to around 50 members, sources say. Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services committees have long complained the White House runs national security and foreign policy matters largely out of the West Wing, where advisers have greater influence over matters such as war strategy than Cabinet secretaries.