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Bush readies cybersecurity plan

White House officials plan to unveil the long-awaited national strategy to protect cyberspace. Richard Clarke, special adviser to the president for cyberspace security, will release the report Sept. 18. It is a companion piece to President Bush's National Strategy for Homeland Security, which was issued in July.

Some anticipated provisions of the strategy include extending a federal scholarship-for-service program to the state level; integrating the cybersecurity needs of government, industry, academia and the public; and establishing an official cybersecurity operations center.

DOD seeks homeland post

Defense Department Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sent a letter last week to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, requesting congressional approval to create a position of assistant secretary of Defense for homeland defense.

According to Rosanne Hynes, technical director in DOD's Office of the Special Assistant for Homeland Security, "This is something that has been discussed for quite some time," and the Bush administration has talked to lawmakers about it. Hynes spoke at the Homeland Security and National Defense Symposium in Atlantic City, N.J.

TRW tapped for CDC work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a $511 million, seven-year contract to TRW Inc. to develop information systems that can be used in evaluating public health threats, including terrorist attacks.

Under this contract, effective Sept. 1, TRW will also contribute to the formation of a public health information network — a secure information system through which public health organizations can share information, data and alerts about health threats.

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