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Biden to Restore Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Aides to Senior White House Posts

  • January 13, 2021

“We’re going to be dealing at once again with border security, biosecurity, global public health and strengthening the resilience of our own democracy,” she said in a brief interview. “The last of those have grown more urgent.”

Mr. Trump dismantled the National Security Council’s pandemic preparedness office, and while he had an active cyberteam at the beginning of his term, it languished. “It’s disturbing to be in a transition moment when there really aren’t counterparts for that transition to be handed off,’’ Ms. Sherwood-Randall said.

Ashton B. Carter, the former secretary of defense, who hired Ms. Sherwood-Randall during the Clinton administration, said the “challenge will be rebooting this office.”

He noted that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ms. Sherwood-Randall worked to establish relationships with former Soviet republics while “also dismantling their nuclear legacies.”

Mr. Biden also announced that Ms. Sherwood-Randall’s deputy would be Russ Travers, a 42-year veteran of the intelligence community, where he focused on counterterrorism. The Trump administration abruptly replaced Mr. Travers as acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center in March during planned cutbacks by the acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell.

Mr. Travers twice postponed retirement to lead the National Counterterrorism Center on an interim basis. But he was so alarmed by what he viewed as the Trump administration’s backsliding on counterterrorism priorities that he shared his concerns with the intelligence community’s inspector general last year in his final weeks on the job.

Over the summer, he predicted a rise in right-wing violence if Mr. Trump was re-elected.

Ms. Neuberger is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, and her family came to Brooklyn after the failed Hungarian revolution in the 1950s. She began her career in the private sector, directing technology at the American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, until she became a White House fellow, a program that brings talented outsiders into government for a year. But she soon joined the National Security Agency, where she was the first chief risk officer and led the election security effort.

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