"Howard will have regular access to the President and serve as a key member of his National Security Staff," John Brennan, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said in an email announcing the appointment.
He said Schmidt will also work closely with Obama's economic team.
With renewed focus on the threat of cyber-terrorism, how should you be positioned?
ManTech is my top pick in the space, says Jesup & Lamont analyst Alex Hamilton. I think the company can grow organically by 10% - 15%. But I also think it's a growing area and many stocks in the space should perform well next year.
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