Bush names two to fill senior HSD roles

Bush names two to fill senior HSD roles

President Bush yesterday announced he will tap a public-sector IT executive and a consultant to the director of the CIA to fill two senior positions at the Homeland Security Department.

Bush plans to appoint Robert P. Liscouski to be the assistant secretary for infrastructure protection and Paul J. Redmond to be the assistant secretary for information analysis.

Liscouski is the director of information assurance for Coca-Cola Co. of Atlanta and serves as a member of the Intelligence Science Board. In his new position, Liscouski's main responsibilities will be to assess vulnerabilities of critical resources and infrastructures. He also will identify priorities for protection by the agency and develop a national plan for securing key resources, including power production, generation and distribution systems; and IT and telecommunications systems, including satellites, electronic financial and property record storage.

Redmond is a consultant to the director of the CIA and has spent 30 years with the agency. He most recently served as the associate deputy for operations for counterintelligence. As assistant secretary for information analysis, Redmond's main focus will be to assess terrorist threats to the U.S. and understand them in light of actual and potential vulnerabilities of the country. He also will coordinate with Liscouski to integrate information, analyses and vulnerability assessments to identify priorities; ensure timely and efficient access by HSD to all agency information necessary; and disseminate the analyzed information to federal, state and local agencies.

Both will work under the yet-to-be named undersecretary for information analysis and infrastructure.

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