WASHINGTON – President Bush named a former deputy CIA director, Air Force Gen. John Gordon (search), to be his new homeland security adviser, the White House announced Tuesday.
Gordon will help coordinate White House policies with the recently created Department of Homeland Security (search) and other defense and intelligence agencies, said presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer.
Gordon, currently a presidential national security adviser for combatting terrorism, will take the post initially held by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (search), who left the White House to head the new department.
The job does not require Senate confirmation.
"The White House still needs to have an office here in the White House -- much smaller than the department -- to coordinate the various entities that are involved in homeland security," Fleischer said.
Gordon, a four-star general, also worked for the first President Bush as a staff member of the National Security Council.