8 years 10 weeks ago, 9:23 PM
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.
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.
"WAR IS A RACKET, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers." Major-General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC Ret. 2 time Medal of Honor winner.