US President-elect Joseph Biden is reorganizing and strengthening his National Security Council (NSC) team and will seek to break down barriers between national security and domestic issues, including through a focus on cross-cutting topics such as the COVID-19 crisis and the climate crisis.
The announcement of new NSC staff members included Elizabeth Cameron, Senior Director of the restored global health security directorate. Cameron is a biologist and biodefense expert who wrote the "pandemic playbook” under former US President Barack Obama. This directorate had been disbanded under the Trump administration.
For the first time, climate change will also have a seat at the NSC table with former US Secretary of State John Kerry serving as the first US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, with the status of an NSC 'principal' ("usually reserved for top national security officials and Cabinet secretaries").