Every US president needs a decisionmaking system that harnesses the full capabilities and accumulated wisdom of the US government and the nation's many stakeholders. But are structural problems hindering national security professionals from delivering effective policy making?

With a new president inbound and turbulent times around the world, the strength of US decisionmaking and oversight of policy implementation has never been more important.

Vice President, International of the RAND Corporation, Charles P. Ries, is an expert on national security policy and decisionmaking systems. He gave an address on the challenges ahead and the crucial role a President Clinton or President Trump will play in delivering much-needed reform. It was followed by a Q&A session with the Centre’s Research Director, James Brown.