Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is relying heavily on think tank scholars for a new permanent advisory. The Foreign Affairs Policy Board will advise Clinton on pressing issues confronting the State Department, according to a report from Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin.

The group is set to convene for the first time during Christmas week and will take up as its first matter Clinton’s plan to boost the State Department’s economic portfolio, in part by hiring a chief economist.

Clinton’s panel, modeled on the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon, appears to be the newest effort to make the State Department more like the Department of Defense.

The 25-member board is chaired by Brookings Institution president Strobe Talbott and includes another 10 think-tankers:

Nina Hachigian, Center for American Progress

Jane Harman, Woodrow Wilson Center

Robert Kagan, Brookings

Stephen Krasner, Hoover Institution

Ellen Laipson, Stimson Center

Vali Nasr, Brookings

Tom Pickering, Brookings

John Podesta, Center for American Progress

James Steinberg, Brookings

Laura Tyson, Center for American Progress