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the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense. While not members of this council, other possible attendees are the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (primary military advisor), CIA officials (intelligence advisors), the Secretary of the Treasury, US representative to the United Nations, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, the President's Chief of Staff, the Attorney General, as well as any number of other officials that may be invited. The council serves as the principle forum for discussing national security issues that require presidential intervention.
The NSC would fall between the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the Military Departments in order of precedence.

Secretary of State is 3rd in line and not the Speaker of the House. The government changed it. I was always though Speaker of the House was 3rd in line of Command.

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 9:38 PM

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the top three are:

Vice President
Speaker of the House
President pro tempore of the Senate

Reference: Presidential Succesion Act of 1947

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 9:47 PM

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No they change it

They change it in 1986, with Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986.
Check this website. United States Military Chain of Command@Everything2.com

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 9:05 AM

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has not been replaced. The Goldwater-Nichols act has nothing to do with Presidential Succession. It covers the reorganization of the Department of Defense, ONLY.

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 10:35 PM

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President and vice president
The 20th and 25th Amendments establish procedures and requirements for the vice president to assume the duties and powers of the president if the president is permanently, or temporarily disabled. In the event of a temporary disability, the vice president serves as president until the president recovers. The president may declare the beginning and ending of his or her own disability. But, if the president is unable to communicate, the vice president and a majority of the presidential Cabinet, or "...other body as Congress may by law provide..." may determine the president's state of disability. Should the president's ability to serve be disputed, Congress decides. They must, within 21 days, and by a 2/3 vote of each house, determine whether the president is able to serve or not. Until they do, the vice president acts as president.

The 25th Amendment also provides a method for filling a vacated office of the vice president. The president must nominate a new vice president, who must be confirmed by a majority vote of both houses of Congress.

Has this process ever been tested? Oh yeah. Back in October, 1973, Vice President Sprio Agnew resigned and President Richard Nixon nominated Gerald R. Ford to fill the office. Then, in August, 1974 President Nixon resigned, Vice President Ford became president and nominated Nelson Rockefeller as the new vice president. Although the circumstances that caused them were, shall we say, distasteful, the transfers of power went smoothly and with little or no controversy.

Beyond president and vice President
The Presidential Succession Law of 1947 addressed the simultaneous disability of both the president and vice president. Under this law, here are the offices and current office holders who would become president should both the president and vice president be disabled. Remember, to assume the presidency, a person must also meet all the legal requirements to serve as president.

1. Vice President of the United States
2. Speaker of the House
3. President pro Tempore of the Senate

Secretaries of the president's Cabinet now fill out the balance of list of succession:

4. Secretary of State
5. Secretary of the Treasury
6. Secretary of Defense
7. Attorney General
8. Secretary of the Interior
9. Secretary of Agriculture
10. Secretary of Commerce
11. Secretary of Labor
12. Secretary of Health & Human Services
13. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
14. Secretary of Transportation
15. Secretary of Energy
16. Secretary of Education
17. Secretary of Veterans' Affairs
18. Secretary of Homeland Security

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 10:36 PM

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# Office Current Officer
1 Vice President and President of the Senate Dick Cheney
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Robert Byrd
4 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
5 Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson
6 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates[1]
7 Attorney General Michael Mukasey
8 Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
9 Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer
10 Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez (not eligible)†
11 Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (not eligible)†
12 Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt
13 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Steve Preston
14 Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
15 Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman
16 Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
17 Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake
18 Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 10:38 PM

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§ 19. Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act
How Current is This? (a)
(1) If, by reason of death, resignation, removal from office, inability, or failure to qualify, there is neither a President nor Vice President to discharge the powers and duties of the office of President, then the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall, upon his resignation as Speaker and as Representative in Congress, act as President.
(2) The same rule shall apply in the case of the death, resignation, removal from office, or inability of an individual acting as President under this subsection.
(b) If, at the time when under subsection (a) of this section a Speaker is to begin the discharge of the powers and duties of the office of President, there is no Speaker, or the Speaker fails to qualify as Acting President, then the President pro tempore of the Senate shall, upon his resignation as President pro tempore and as Senator, act as President.
(c) An individual acting as President under subsection (a) or subsection (b) of this section shall continue to act until the expiration of the then current Presidential term, except that—
(1) if his discharge of the powers and duties of the office is founded in whole or in part on the failure of both the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect to qualify, then he shall act only until a President or Vice President qualifies; and
(2) if his discharge of the powers and duties of the office is founded in whole or in part on the inability of the President or Vice President, then he shall act only until the removal of the disability of one of such individuals.
(d)
(1) If, by reason of death, resignation, removal from office, inability, or failure to qualify, there is no President pro tempore to act as President under subsection (b) of this section, then the officer of the United States who is highest on the following list, and who is not under disability to discharge the powers and duties of the office of President shall act as President: Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of Homeland Security.
(2) An individual acting as President under this subsection shall continue so to do until the expiration of the then current Presidential term, but not after a qualified and prior-entitled individual is able to act, except that the removal of the disability of an individual higher on the list contained in paragraph (1) of this subsection or the ability to qualify on the part of an individual higher on such list shall not terminate his service.
(3) The taking of the oath of office by an individual specified in the list in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be held to constitute his resignation from the office by virtue of the holding of which he qualifies to act as President.
(e) Subsections (a), (b), and (d) of this section shall apply only to such officers as are eligible to the office of President under the Constitution. Subsection (d) of this section shall apply only to officers appointed, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, prior to the time of the death, resignation, removal from office, inability, or failure to qualify, of the President pro tempore, and only to officers not under impeachment by the House of Representatives at the time the powers and duties of the office of President devolve upon them.
(f) During the period that any individual acts as President under this section, his compensation shall be at the rate then provided by law in the case of the President. Search this title:

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 11:01 PM

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I have a link to the act...am at work, so I didn't read it closely, but I couldn't find anything in it that deals with succesion. It deals with the military makeup and appointment of Chairman/Vice Chairman of JCS...and composition of the staff...

http://www.jcs.mil/goldwater_nichol_act1986.html

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 12:51 AM

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So this is just for the JCS?

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 8:15 AM

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to do with Presidential Succession.

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