Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rod Beckstrom quits, criticizes OMB, DHS, and NSA

Rod Beckstrom has resigned.
His resignation letter cites problems with OMB, DHS (presumably NPPD), and NSA. The press seems to be covering the NSA criticism most closely, though I suspect his frustration was driven as much by the funding and organizational issues as by NSA:
Former Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rod Beckstrom said in a resignation letter published by the Wall Street Journal it was a "bad strategy" to have the National Security Agency, which is part of the Department of Defense, play a major role in cybersecurity.
Rod is a friend and a remarkable talent. He understood Washington much better than most in Silicon Valley. His inability to move the bureaucracy shows how deep is the divide between government and the tech community.

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