Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree to reconstitute the National Defence Council (NDC)
Fourteen top army, police, intelligence and cabinet officials will sit on NDC, which will be headed by the president.
The National Defence Council includes the prime minister, head of the parliament, ministers of defence, foreign affairs, finance and the interior along with head of the intelligence, military chief of staff, heads of navy and air force.
Earlier on Thursday, Mansour issued a separate decree reconstituting the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). The SCAF decree stipulates that the Minister of Defence, not the president, would be the head of the council for the first time in Egypt's history.