United States National Security Council

The White House National Security Council (NSC) is the principal forum used by the president of the United States for consideration of national security, military, and foreign policy matters with senior national security advisors and Cabinet officials, and is part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Since its inception in 1947 under Harry S. Truman, the function of the Council has been to advise and assist the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President's principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies. The Council has counterparts in the national security councils of many other nations.

United States National Security Council
Agency overview
FormedSeptember 18, 1947 (1947-09-18)
HeadquartersEisenhower Executive Office Building
Agency executives
Parent agencyExecutive Office of the President of the United States
WebsiteNational Security Council Website
U.S. President George W. Bush during the National Security Council Meeting (NSC) at the White House Situation Room, March 21, 2003. The Participants of the meeting including, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) George Tenet, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card.