The concept of national security has broadened considerably since the early decades of the National Security Council, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Economic and financial issues have been elevated to crucial elements of our nation’s security, alongside the traditional diplomatic and military issues. In recognition of this development, the recent Russia/Iran sanctions bill made the Secretary of the Treasury a member of the National Security Council. What perspectives will the Treasury Secretary bring to interagency deliberations at the White House? What is Treasury's broader interagency role, not just in Washington but also in U.S. embassies and military commands abroad?
Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale
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