WASHINGTON — — President Barack Obama has named Gov. Martin O'Malley one of two co-chairmen of a panel of state and federal officials focused on defense and homeland security, the governor's office said Monday.
The Maryland Democrat will co-chair the Council of Governors with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa.
The panel brings together 10 governors, the secretaries of defense and homeland security, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, the commandant of the Coast Guard, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and other key officials to discuss issues related to the National Guard, homeland security and defense support to civil authorities in the event of terrorism or natural disaster.
"There is no more important work in our country today than the work of first responders," O'Malley said in a statement. "For the last 10 years, together, we have been pursuing — first in Baltimore, then in the State as a whole — 12 Core Capacities to improve homeland security. Together, with our federal, state and local partners, we're working to build a more resilient Maryland and a more resilient nation."