National Security Council (NSC)
U.S. agency that advises the president on domestic, foreign, and military policies related to national security. With the Central Intelligence Agency, it was established by the 1947 National Security Act. It provides the White House with a foreign-policy-making instrument independent of the State Department. It has four membersthe president, vice president, and secretaries of state and defenseand its staff is headed by the national security adviser.
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