New name, same as old name, still means security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House's National Security Council has regained its name.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday restoring the designation the NSC had existed under since its creation in 1947. The NSC advises and assists the President on national security and foreign policy matters.

Obama changed the name nearly five years ago when he combined the functions of the NSC and the Homeland Security Council into one entity, calling it simply the National Security Staff.

That name has not been popular with national security officials, however. The change back to its original Truman-era name was seen as a morale booster.

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