WASHINGTON (CN) – President Obama has ordered the creation of a council of state governors to coordinate joint national security and defense projects, including use of the National Guard, with federal officials, according to a press release issued by the White House.
Obama will select 10 state governors, with no more than five governors representing any one political party. The governors will be joined by the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, the U.S. Northern Command Commander, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau.
The Secretary of Defense will designate an Executive Director for the Council. Obama’s Executive Order does not delegate any specific oversight or management responsibilities to the Council of Governors. Instead it emphasizes the coordination of efforts involving the National Guard, response to civil disasters, and security where federal and state actions overlap.
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