Overview Edit

Presidential Decision Directive No. 63 (PDD-63) assigned duties to the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism. The National Coordinator position was created by Presidential Decision Directive 62 (PDD-62), “Combating Terrorism,” which was classified, codified and clarified the roles and missions of various agencies engaged in counter-terrorism activities.[1] The Office of the National Coordinator was established to integrate and coordinate these activities.[2]

The National Coordinator reported to the President through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Among his many duties outlined in PDD-63, the National Coordinator chaired the Critical Infrastructure Coordination Group. This Group was the primary interagency working group for developing and implementing policy and for coordinating the federal government’s own internal security measures. The Group included high level representatives from the lead agencies (including the Sector Liaisons), the National Economic Council, and all other relevant agencies.

References Edit

  1. LSU Law Center, "Presidential Decision Directive-62" (full-text).
  2. The White House released a fact sheet on PDD-62 on May 22, 1998 (full-text).

External link Edit

  • Press Briefing by Richard Clarke, National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism (March 26, 2003) (full-text).

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