Trump Names Thomas Bossert to Homeland Security Role

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump chose Thomas Bossert, a former advisor to President George W. Bush, as his Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. In a statement, Trump noted that "Tom brings enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to protecting the homeland to our senior White House team," continuing, "he has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity challenges."
The Cipher Take: Bossert will, according to the transition team, focus on "domestic and transnational security priorities" - to include cybersecurity. In his statement about the appointment, Bossert indicated that the U.S. needed to develop "cyber doctrine that reflects the wisdom of free markets, private competition and the important but limited role of government." Interestingly, his appointment also indicates a potential change in the White House's national security structure. Bossert's role appears to be equal to that of National Security Advisor LTG Mike Flynn, which resembles the Bush White House more closely than it does the current structure under President Obama.


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