Roster Change

Howard Schmidt, a top White House cybersecurity adviser, announced that he is leaving the Bush administration as of May 1.

Schmidt served as the vice chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board until it was dissolved in March. Many of the board's responsibilities are being transferred to the Homeland Security Department, but Schmidt announced that he is retiring from public service.

For more, see "Cyber adviser leaving government."


Richard Notebaert, chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International Inc., has been appointed by President Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

For more, see "Qwest CEO to serve on presidential panel."


Thomas White submitted his resignation as secretary of the Army on April 25. The effective date of his resignation is to be determined.


Air Force Maj. Gen. James Soligan has been named incoming chief of staff at U.S. Joint Forces Command.

As chief of staff, Soligan will manage the command's warfighting initiatives and provide guidance to the command's executive staff on day-to-day matters. He also will supervise all of the command's administrative issues.

Soligan is a former deputy chief of staff at United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.

He will replace Maj. Gen. Jack Holbein Jr., who is retiring.


Charles Bowsher has been appointed to the board of directors of SI International Inc., the company announced April 28.

Bowsher's experience includes a 15-year term as comptroller general of the United States and head of the General Accounting Office, a 21-year association with Arthur Andersen & Co., and a four-year period as assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management.

SI International is a provider of information technology and network solutions, primarily to the federal government.


Meg Barker has been appointed as director of marketing at Digital Defense Inc., the company announced April 23.

Digital Defense is a provider of network security vulnerability and penetration testing services. Barker's responsibilities will include marketing communications, public relations, advertising, new product marketing requirements and client training.

"As our client base continues to expand, it is critical that we have a focal point in the organization to ensure consistent messaging," said Joseph Cooper, the company's chief executive officer. "From press requests to our federal regulatory relationships, Ms. Barker's experience and energy are perfectly suited to drive Digital Defense through this next level."


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