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June 30, 2008

New Assistant Secretary Named for DHS

Filed under: International HLS,Organizational Issues — by Jonah Czerwinski on June 30, 2008

Carol Haave will be named the next DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs on (or around) July 7, 2008. While it may at first seem ironic that our Homeland Security agency has an international affairs portfolio, this is perhaps one of the more interesting and valuable position in the DHS leadership. Readers will be familiar with proposals made here and elsewhere for an elevated role for the A/S for International Affairs at DHS. The previous occupant, Marissa Lino, is a former diplomat. (She left unexpectedly after only months on the job.) The new A/S has a decidedly different background on the international scene.

Haave served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Counterintelligence and Security and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security and Information Operations. In those positions, she led the development of the Iraq National ID Card program. Additionally, she led a cross-DOD team to develop policies, process, and procedures for sharing counterterrorism information with coalition partners.

Prior to joining DOD in 2001, Haave spent more than 15 years as a consultant to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. There she focused on transitioning technology into the military and commercial markets, and was a team leader for the House Appropriations Committee Surveys and Investigations Staff.

She received a direct commission as a military police officer in the Army and was one of the first female Army officers to attend airborne school.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

July 1, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

Sounds qualified and very important position! Again however DOD seems to be the primary recruiting ground for DHS. I view DOD as an organization that has largely failed since 9/11 for a number of reasons. Failure to redirect its resouces primarily. DOD still focused on the “Big War.” Anyhow, sorry another person (Ms. Lino) regarded DHS as a short-term job opportunity. At this point one wonders what if anything DHS can get done either short-range or long-range?

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