The Committee brings together 22 members, appointed from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords (including the chairs of the relevant Commons departmental select committees), to consider the National Security Strategy.
The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) was first established in the 2005-2010 Parliament, and was reappointed in December 2010 and December 2015.
As part of its remit the JCNSS scrutinizes the structures for Government decision-making on National Security, particularly the role of the National Security Council and the National Security Adviser.
The previous Government published the latest National Security Strategy (NSS) Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: The National Security Strategy in October 2010, alongside the Strategic Defence and Security Review (PDF) (SDSR). It is planned that the strategy will remain in place until 2015, however the National Security Risk Assessment would be updated every two years. The previous Government also promised an annual implementation report on the SDSR and NSS.