White House staff focusing on homeland security and counter-terrorism will be combined with the National Security Council, U.S. President Obama said Tuesday.
The decision came after a nearly three-month examination on how the White House should be organized to handle issues of homeland security and counter-terrorism, Obama said in a statement.
“The new National Security Staff will support all White House policymaking activities related to international, transnational and homeland security matters,” Obama said.
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He said the Homeland Security Council will act as the main site for interagency debate on issues affecting homeland security such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, natural disasters, and pandemics.
New directorates and positions within the National Security Staff will be established to deal with new and emerging challenges associated with issues such as cybersecurity, weapons of mass destruction and trans-border security, he said.