Its title is “NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS.”
It hardly seems inconsequential, but it has received no media coverage.
The White House clearly wants it to get minimal attention. It was issued on a Friday. There is no related White House blog entry or statement or release (pages will change with additional entries) since its issuance.
Though it demands rigorous analysis, it looks like a plan for taking control of the economy in case of some arbitrarily determined state of emergency or difficulty. Quoting just one item concerning a “finding required under section 101(b) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071(b)” (bold is mine):
… the Secretary of the resource department that made the finding may use the authority of section 101(a) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071(a), to control the general distribution of any material (including applicable services) in the civilian market.
Similar language is in previous EO 12919, but the paragraph in question in the new EO changes how findings are handled:
From — “This finding shall be submitted for the President’s approval through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.”
To — “This finding shall be submitted for the President’s approval through the Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.”
So is this a bureaucratic update, or does this now-dual submission of “findings” create more opportunity for mischief (or, perhaps, paralysis)?
Any thoughts from readers about the EO and links to others’ analysis are welcome.