“At the Department of Justice, we learned we weren’t well organized,” Demers said of 9/11, citing the strict separation among the branches of government, and the belief at the time that it was improper to share information. What was the conventional wisdom, he said, came to be seen as “conventional foolishness.”
As Demers explained, what emerged from the devastation of the 9/11 attacks was the Department of Homeland Security, which combined 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified, integrated cabinet agency. In 2006, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division was created, which consolidated the DOJ’s primary national security operations and focused on counter-terrorism, counter espionage/export control, and the Office of Intelligence.
Last November, Demers joined NSD as assistant attorney general for security and was selected to lead the U.S. Attorney General’s China Initiative, established to counter the persistent and aggressive economic espionage, trade-secret theft, hacking, and related crimes