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United States government scraps cyber coordinator role in White House

17 May 2018

Robert Palladino, a spokesman for the National Security Council, confirmed Tuesday that the White House has chose to remove the cyber coordinator position following Joyce's departure, Reuters reported.

CNN reported last month Bolton pushed out Tom Bossert as homeland security adviser to make room for his own team, as several other officials left the National Security Council, including deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow and Joyce, who served as Bossert's deputy.

"With our two Senior Directors for Cybersecurity, cyber coordination is already a core capability", the announcement read.

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But Lieu called the decision "outrageous, especially given that we're facing more hostile threats from foreign adversaries than ever before", The Hill reported.

In a statement, Langevin lamented Bolton's move as "enormous step backwards" that de-emphasized "the importance of this growing domain within the White House".

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"This move impedes our country's strategic efforts to counter cybersecurity threats against our country", he said.

The announcement said the cyber coordinator job would end as Rob Joyce, the latest to hold the post, returned to the National Security Agency. The cyber coordinator position was created during the Obama presidency but John Bolton, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said it was not needed. Forcing those responsibilities onto remaining officials may strain them unnecessarily or weaken their ability to respond promptly to threats or policy requests.

"We should be investing in our nation's cyber defense, not rolling it back".

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate Intel Committee, also blasted the idea on Tuesday. Forming a cohesive cyber defense strategy has become almost impossible as hundreds of departments report into a siloed set of decision makers.

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United States government scraps cyber coordinator role in White House