Yesterday, President Obama named James Crowe, the CEO of Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings), as the Chair of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). NSTAC is designed to provide critical industry-based analyses and advice to the President regarding communications and national security, and to provide recommendations regarding how to assure vital telecommunications links in times of crisis.
So who's on it? 30 industry executives from major network service providers as well as from IT, finance, and aerospace. Hmmm, so it's a room full of ultra-scheduled people used to being in charge? Presiding over this bunch sounds a bit like trying to herd cats, I'm not sure I envy Mr. Crowe's task ahead. There's no doubt he's got the background for the job though. It's a public feather in his cap too, perhaps one day he will pull a Meg Whitman and run for office in Colorado someday? Hah!
Levity aside, I'm not much of a believer in committees like this, but there is certainly a need for some real thinking about infrastructure security going forward.