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Cannon Bureaucracy Test
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a large, complex administrative structure that handles the everyday business of an organization (executive branch)
oversee day to day business of the white house
chief of staff
manage information, make negotiations, advise the president about issues, and protect the interests of the president
to advise the president
national security council
advise the president about national security threats; they meet daily
domestic: inside borders; foreign: outside borders
what is the difference between domestic and foreign affairs?
department of state
what is the oldest department?
state, treasury, war/defense, justice
what were the first four departments created by congress?
department of homeland security; 9/11
what was the last department created by congress and what caused them to do that?
who chooses department heads?
who confirms department heads?
hired because of skill level or take a civil service exam
how are the rest of department employees given jobs?
independent executive agencies
execute what congress gives them (laws); independent from president
what is the most famous independent executive agency?
independent regulatory agencies
regulate things that congress deems important
communications commission (regulatory agency)
responsible for regulating the radio, television, and phone industries
securities and exchange commission (regulatory agency)
monitors and regulates stock markets and investments in business
the practice of rewarding political supporters of the president with government jobs
hiring people into government jobs on the basis of their qualifications
act that created the civil service system
people take a civil service exam to get hired
how does the civil service system work?
a government agency that operates like a business corporation for the purpose of making profits
US postal service
what is the most famous government corporation?
army, navy, air force, marine corps, coast guard
what are the five branches of the US military?
to make sure bureaucracy doesn't get too much political power
1) executive branch/bureaucracy
2) congress- senate and HOR- committees and subcommittees
3) special interest groups/corporations
what are the parts of the iron triangle?
get up at 5am, go to white house, a lot of meetings, phone calls, finish in office around 7-7:30pm, more phone calls
what is an average day like for the chief of staff?
a call in the middle of the night about bad news
what is the "middle of the night" call?
they are the play maker and in charge of calling the president's plays
how is the COS like a point guard/quarterback for the president?
because it would be too chaotic if a lot of people would try to deliver the tough messages
why does the COS have power to give tough messages to the president?
it was not responding and heading towards Washington, DC
why did VP Cheney give authority to shoot down Flight 93?
the passengers overtook the terrorists
what caused Flight 93 to go down?
confusion caused by the chaos of war or battle
what is the fog of war?
to make sure the president doesn't make wrong decisions because of his emotions
why is the COS responsible for blocking the president from the emotions of the moments?
codes for launching a nuclear attack
what's in the suitcase?
to pass the briefcase from one administration to another
what does it mean to "pass the football" in nuclear talk?
what is the possible death toll in the first hour after a nuclear strike on the US?
Israel (backed by the US) attacked Arab states that were backed by the Soviet Union
what role did the 1967 Israeli war play in almost driving us to nuclear war?
north and south korea
what two nations did Bill Clinton have to deal with who almost went to nuclear war?
there is limited time to respond to a potential attack
why is time an issue in a nuclear war?
airplane, ship, or inside a mountain
where does a president go during a nuclear strike?
to be prepared for a nuclear attack if the entire government was destroyed
why practice continuity of government exercises?
who is considered the "gold standard?"
George Bush's campaign manager
what role did Jim Baker play in the first Reagan presidential run?
Reagan needed a capital insider and Baker understood Washington, DC politics
why was Baker chosen?
social security; it's a very hot/controversial topic
what is the third rail of American politics? why did the COS recommend not touching it?
which president was shot during video 5?
because the VP was hours away on a trip to Texas on Air Force II and no one remembered who came after him
why was there chaos in figuring out who was in charge after Reagan was shot?
Ford thought the best about everyone and was loyal; his COS thought the worst and was nervous
what was the difference between Ford and his COS when it came to relationships?
because it was being hosted by a lobbyist from Korea who was under investigation; he also said it was not presidential
why didn't Rumsfeld let Ford go to Tip O'Neil's birthday party?
he had a good understanding of the federal budget and the workings of government in Washington, DC
what was Ford's gift?
he was very clumsy
why was Ford considered not presidential?
a meeting where all past chiefs of staff gave Rahm Emanuel (the new COS) their advice
what was the meeting of the chiefs at the beginning of the Obama administration?
where is Tehran?
militants in Tehran took Americans of the US embassy as hostages; Carter announced that he would not campaign for the upcoming election so he could focus on this issue
describe the hostage crisis and its impact on Carter presidency
3 of the 8 helicopters failed so the mission was cancelled and one of the retreating helicopters had a collision, killing 8 soldiers
what happened to operation eagle claw?
what first Lady did a COS hang up on?
she made sure no one got close to him that could harm him
what role did the First Lady play in protecting her husband's image?
operation neptune spear
the plan that resulting in the killing of Osama Bin Laden
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