This presentation will explore the structure of decision-making on national security issues as established in the National Security Act of 1947 and as practiced today. While established by law, the US National Security Council is designed to advise the president; most decisions are ultimately up to him. Therefore, this presentation will also examine the varying leadership styles of modern US presidents and how those personal styles have influenced national security decision-making, with a particular focus on examples from the Bush and Obama presidencies, during which Professor Santucci was working in the US Government.
Julia Santucci, Senior Lecturer of Intelligence Studies, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
With a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions at the White House, CIA, and the Department of State, Senior Lecturer Julia Santucci has tackled policy challenges from an intelligence, national security, and human rights perspective. Not only has she interacted frequently with high-level government officials about decisions on critical policy decisions, she provided written assessments and oral briefings to the President.