The directors of national intelligence, the CIA and FBI along with secretaries of state, defense and homeland security along with the attorney general were called to Tuesday's meeting, the White House said.
The meeting agenda called for a discussion of "ongoing reviews of the Christmas Day incident as well as security enhancements and intelligence-sharing improvements in our homeland security and counter-terrorism operations," a White House release stated.
After the session Obama was to speak about additional security measures the government plans to take. The meeting was spurred by the Dec. 25 attempted bombing of a jetliner headed to Detroit. The suspect in the case is said to have ties to al-Qaida in Yemen.
U.S. officials said "dozens" of names have been moved to different watch lists in an attempt to keep suspects off U.S.-bound planes.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]