Christine Gregoire

Obama taps O'Malley to co-chair national homeland security panel

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...