U.S. National Security Decisions: A look behind the curtain at the NSC

Event Type: Adult Programs
Date: 2/4/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 Created in 1947, the National Security Council (NSC) is the most important security decision-making body in the U.S., thus, the world. It embodies a remarkable degree of flexibility and has been used in different ways by every President since Harry Truman and in every national crisis. It has also been at the center of controversy and criticism. This presentation will look at how the NSC operates through examples of critical decisions over its history (up to today), spending particular time on the Suez Crisis and the Arab-Israeli War of 73 to highlight the personalities, pressures and influences involved in National Security decision-making.

Presenting on this subject will be Captain Alison S. McCrary. Captain McCrary has served on the Joint Staff as Officer in Charge of joint reserve support to the U.S. Military Delegation to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, and liaison to the Pentagon. She currently holds a position coordinating Department of Defense Support to Civil Authorities in disaster response. A 1983 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, she served on active duty onboard the USS Norton Sound and the USS Holland. Alison joined the Navy Reserve in 1990 and has commanded seven reserve units. In 2007, she was mobilized for 12 months to serve as the US Navy Central Command Liaison to the British Division in Basra, Iraq. Her other assignments have included working in the UK, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, and Bahrain. She has coordinated Maritime Security Operations in the Black and Caspian Sea and North Africa. In her civilian career, Alison has worked for John Deere in environmental and manufacturing engineering and business analysis, was involved in start-up of a hazardous waste remediation corporation and served as Vice President and CEO of a non-profit business education corporation. She holds a Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College and a Masters of Theology in Church History from Trinity St. Davidís College, University of Wales. She annually runs the Reserve Component National Security Course at National Defense University in Washington, DC, educating senior reserve officers and civilian personnel in decision-making at the national strategic level.

For more information, contact either Allan Ross of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities (309-793-1300 or or Courtney Mongiat at the Bettendorf Public Library (563-344-5705 or

Location: Bettendorf Room
Contact: Courtney Mongiat