Congress and National Security

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The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) recently launched a major new initiative, Renewing the National Security Consensus in Congress. The project will promote bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill by offering a series of practical policy proposals for lawmakers and staff, creating fora for productive engagement on complex foreign policy challenges, and focusing dialogue on Congress’s role in national security.

As part of that effort, CNAS will be focusing on pressing challenges in conducting intelligence oversight. Recent years’ events, from mass exposures of classified information to politically charged debates about the lawfulness and legitimacy of intelligence activities, have strained public confidence in the intelligence community. Institutions involved in operational, legal, and policy aspects of intelligence work have all come under scrutiny. This scrutiny has raised questions about the effectiveness of intelligence oversight, including congressional oversight.

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