Clarke Leaving Security Post
Richard Clarke, the president's top information security adviser, is planning to retire within the next month.Richard Clarke, the presidents top information security adviser, is planning to retire within the next month, leaving a power vacuum at the top of the governments security structure at a crucial point in the development of the nascent Department of Homeland Security. Clarke, chairman of the Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, has been the driving force behind the development of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. He plans to leave once the final version of the document is released, sources said. No exact date has been set for the strategys release, but is expected by the end of February. Clarke, who has been a member of the National Security Council since 1992 and has been in government service for 30 years, is leaving to join the private sector, sources said.
His departure throws into question the future structure of the PCIPB, which is slated to become part of Homeland Security. President Bush created the board through an executive order, and it was designed to serve as a group of expert advisers on information security issues.