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April 25, 2009

More homeland security-related nominations announced

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on April 25, 2009

This week the President nominated for Senate consideration and confirmation the following:

Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counter-terrorism (and Ambassador), Department of State

Michael Nacht, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Global Security Affairs.

If  Benjamin sounds familiar, you may remember his books: Age of Sacred Terror  and The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 26, 2009 @ 10:30 am

Simon and Benjamin’s book one of the best on Post 9/11 reviews of the past and suggestions for the future. Great appointment.

Will be interesting to see if the Senate Committees involved in these nominations have “real” questions?

Example, since Blair announced international economic situation the leading threat to national security where do the following fit in:

1: Demographics;

2: Climate change:

3: Public health;

3: Food, agriculture, and water;

Some of these are related of course but have the nominee describe in detail how DOD is collecting information on these topics, analyzing them, and integrating into policy development, adoption, and operations could be of great interest as always of course to those interested. Just so readers of this blog know on food and ag issues Department of Agriculture has some of the best and brightest working these questions and that also includes economics. Even the CIA and DIA trust AG in that arena.

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