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Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge serves as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.

Richard Clarke serves as the Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security and General Wayne Downing serves as the National Director for Combating Terrorism & the Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security.

Governor Ridge will coordinate all federal government terrorist prevention and protection activities within the U.S., and will work with state and local governments on, among other things: Detection, preparedness, prevention, protection, response and recovery incident management. More about office responsibilities

The President’s Executive Order establishes the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council to develop and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats or attacks in the United States. The new team will coordinate federal, state, and local counter-terrorism efforts. The Council will include: The President, The Vice President, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Transportation, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Director of Central Intelligence, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.

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