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The United States is able to finally move forward in its cyber defense efforts

After months of delays and speculation, President Obama has chosen Howard Schmidt, a corporate cyber security expert who also worked at Microsoft and eBay, to enhance the country's cyber infrastructure.

Schmidt, who also was an administration adviser for former President George W. Bush, will be responsible for coordinating military and civilian resources.  Furthermore, the latest member of Obama's cabinet will communicate regularly with Obama, and will also work with the president's economic group.

President Obama first announced the creation of the cyber czar position in late May, but said there wouldn't be a rush to appoint someone.  Schmidt will work with the National Security Council, not the National Economic Council, as this is the first time a person has been appointed as cybersecurity adviser.

In the previous administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) were involved in a power struggle that led to ineffective cyber security.

The problem was so serious, in fact, Rod Beckstrom, former National Cybersecurity Center head, resigned due to the power struggle between the DHS and NSA.

Cybersecurity has been a pressing matter for Obama's administration, as the threat of foreign-based cyber attacks has grown significantly.  There have been numerous candidates considered for the job -- ranging from former Silicon Valley executives to a candidate who reportedly wasn't a fan of privacy -- with wide speculation among journalists.

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Czars are not Cabinet positions
By lightfoot on 12/23/2009 6:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
...the latest member of Obama's cabinet...

Czars are not cabinet positions. Cabinet positions all must be confirmed by the US Senate. Czars appointed by Obama are at best personal advisors that have no legal power or authority.

RE: Czars are not Cabinet positions
By Armassault on 12/23/2009 6:33:11 PM , Rating: 1
Stop bringing facts onto the table. We're having another "blame Obama" party here...
*stupid liberals and their superior knowledge about stuff*

RE: Czars are not Cabinet positions
By Reforger88 on 12/23/2009 7:02:33 PM , Rating: 2

Your other posts seem to indicate that you are from some unspecified European country.

Since you exhibit nothing but contempt and hatred for the United States, and Americans in general, is it really appropriate for you to interfere in our political affairs or presume to know what's best for us?

Not only is your attitude condescending, but your opinions are ill informed and childlike.

I thought meddling in other peoples affairs was reserved for 'ugly' Americans.

RE: Czars are not Cabinet positions
By croc on 12/24/2009 12:48:14 AM , Rating: 2
And why should he not? You Yanks blithely grant citizenship to Rupert Murdoch (an Australian, last time I checked) and then let him run roughshod over any pollie he personally doesn't like. Similar behaviour got the Brits up in arms over his control-freak antics, so he kind of had to leave the UK. Australia had pretty much had it with Rupert, so coming back here wasn't a good option even in the Howard years. So where? The good old US of A. Where being somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan is viewed as a good thing....

RE: Czars are not Cabinet positions
By Jalek on 12/23/2009 8:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
I don't like the word czar, what is this, imperial Russia? Even Russia wouldn't use that word.

Call them Prime Ministers or something so we can at least pretend to have a remnant of a representative government.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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