Maryland official to direct regional anti-terror efforts


One of Maryland's top anti-terrorism officials has been selected to coordinate homeland security programs across the Washington region.

Thomas J. Lockwood will serve as director of the federal Department of Homeland Security's Office of National Capital Region Coordination, which oversees anti-terrorism efforts in Maryland, Washington and Virginia.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge appointed Lockwood on Friday.

Lockwood, 44, began serving as a homeland security adviser to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in January last year. In July, Ehrlich named him deputy director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.

The federal office is charged with overseeing and coordinating domestic preparedness efforts in the Washington region, which is considered a likely terrorist target because of its proximity to the nation's capital.

"Because of the risks in the capital, this is a very important effort," said Dennis R. Schrader, director of the governor's homeland security office, who praised Lockwood's work there.

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