Overview of Interagency Organizations

Interagency organizations are those where one or more executive branch organizations meet to coordinate policy development, implementation planning, intelligence, or execution of national security objectives. Interagency organizations can be permanent, standing bodies, permanent groups that only meet as necessary, or temporary groups established to accomplish a discreet objective. Membership can be specified or ad hoc depending on the particular national security issue. Some interagency organizations have fulltime staff devoted to working issues, but often are supported only by the staff of individual member agencies. In all cases, the goal is to build a common understanding of national security issues between participants, integrate and deconflict agencies roles, responsibilities, resources, and actions, and ultimately to identify or achieve national security objectives. The interagency organizations described in this course are not meant to be comprehensive, but to highlight the various types, levels, and areas of focus.