Dearest Delegates,

Welcome to the most exciting committee of HMCSF 2020 -- the National Security Council! My name is Melody Wang, and I will be your chair for this conference.

A little bit about myself -- I’m a sophomore at Harvard College from Atlanta, GA. I live in Lowell House and study Government with a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. Outside of the classroom, I’m involved in management consulting, teaching 5th graders
about American government and civic engagement, and serving as the Director of Communications for Harvard Model Congress Europe. This will be my fifth HMC conference and second time coming to HMC San Francisco, and I’m incredibly excited
to be senior staffing!

The United States National Security Council is a federal government agency that primarily deals with issues of national security, military, and foreign policy. It is the main forum that advises and assists the President. It was established in 1947, where its original intent was to coordinate various military branches for the purpose of national security concerns.

The two topics that this committee will look into are autonomous weapons used in warfare and Guantanamo Bay, touching on the intersection of technology and warfare as well as injustice within the military prison system. Both of these issues will drastically affect not only our national security, but also America’s role on the global stage.

In preparation for the conference, be sure to perform detailed and extensive research on your stances and viewpoints. National security issues are often multi-faceted and may affect numerous relevant stakeholders with the solutions crafted and proposed, so
remain cognizant of these factors during debate amongst other members. Issues of national security also frequently change, so be sure to keep up with the news on the particular issues we will be discussing during the conference.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns on the operation of the committee as a whole, or even if you just want to say hi, please feel free to reach out -- I’d be more than happy to answer. I’m looking forward to an exciting committee, substantive
dialogue amongst delegates, and a phenomenal HMCSF 2020!

All the best,

Melody Wang

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