The Associated Press is reporting, “Brigadier General Michael McDaniel will begin work Aug. 3 as deputy assistant secretary of homeland defense… The 52-year-old East Lansing resident has been in the Michigan National Guard since 1985.”
When I heard the rumor last week I sent Mike a congratulatory note. When he did not respond, I took that as tacit confirmation. But now it is public.
Mike has served as the Michigan Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor since 2003. A general, a lawyer, and someone who has given significant attention to critical infrastructure, Mike is — at least — a triple threat. His long service at the state level combined with his military background will be of particular value in this new role.
Being familiar with both Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs), and Mike McDaniel, this strikes me as a great team. Mike has experiences, skills, and perspectives to complement Paul’s. And they have known each other sufficiently well that, I expect, they are each entirely aware of what they have in the other.
The State and local emphasis that each man brings to this DOD office could be especially interesting to watch in action. This also seems a sort of “tacit confirmation” for a rumor I have been hearing regarding what the White House office of personnel is looking for in HS appointments.