One of the main criticisms leveled against President Bush is that he is out of touch with the world of ideas. He supposedly doesn't read (he does, but does that even need to be said?) nor is his staff receptive to outside ideas. This Washington Post article
describes the newly created Office of Strategic Initiative (OSI) who's stated purpose is to do historical research and interact with various thinkers in order to keep the president informed. While the office only has six staff members, they strive to identify historical and intellectual trends that the president should be aware of when making decisions.
I note from reading this article that such an office never existed before the current Bush administration. While some, no doubt, will look at Bush as needing someone to "think" for him, the creation of this office was arguably a good thing since the president can not keep up with current, let alone past, intellectual trends in the various disciplines.
On a side note, I'll be graduating soon. Think they need an IR specialist? Hmmm...