Homeland Security Adviser May Be Endangered Role

Fran Townsend's successor will face a number of challenges, including fighting complacency when it comes to homeland security issues. Much more of the administration's focus has been on the war in Iraq in recent years, draining resources and attention.

Townsend, Bush's main adviser on terrorism, is leaving office after four and a half years.

Some security experts think Townsend may be one of the last homeland security advisers, arguing that it makes sense to incorporate homeland security into the National Security Council.

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