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White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War
John Gans, University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House Global Policy Center

Friday, June 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Friday, June 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

While the National Security Agency is often the darling of Hollywood scripts, the lesser known National Security Council was created in 1947 to coordinate post-war foreign policy. One reviewer of John Gans’ new book calls the NSC, made up of senior national security, military and intelligence advisors and cabinet officials, “one of Washington’s most consequential, but also most misunderstood, working parts.” Gans uses extensive archival research and interviews to tell the riveting inside story of this agency that is often in conflict with the Department of State while exerting more influence on the president’s foreign policy decisions—and on the nation’s conflicts abroad—than any other institution or individual.

John Gans, Ph.D. is the Director of Communications and Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House global policy center and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Until 2017, Gans served at the Pentagon as chief speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. He served in the Obama Administration as senior speechwriter for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lewand and also worked in the office of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and for U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gans’ writing and commentary frequently appears in the media. He earned his MA and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.


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