ADM Dennis Blair resigns as National Intelligence Director.

Discussion in 'US' started by DavidBOC, May 21, 2010.

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  1. Saw this in the news:
    BBC Linky

    Sounds like Obama's national security team has problems. Admiral Blair has been undercut by the President in conflicts with Leon Panetta, CIA Director. Panetta is a former congressman and was Chief of Staff for President Clinton but has no background in intelligence. He did serve as a JAG officer in the Army briefly in the mid 60's. There seem to be rumours about that Obama may not replace the Director of National Intelligence and revert to having the Director of Central Intelligence control the intelligence community.
  2. US news media are saying that the front runner to replace Blair as National Intelligence Director is James Clapper, a retired USAF 3*.

    Clapper has a strong background in technical intelligence. He is currently Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Previously he headed the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency as a civilian. His last military duty was as the 3* head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

    At least he has more intelligence experience than the zero prior experience of Leon Panetta of the CIA. There are lots of jobs someone can do without any experience but in my opinion heading a major intelligence agency is not one of them.
  3. Well, it's funny you should mention that, because hardly any DCIs have been intelligence officers- and to be honest, it's probably better that way.

    The first DCI, Roscoe Hillenkoetter, was; Richard Helms was (Bay of Pigs); William Colby was (Phoenix Program). It's true that the previous two- Goss and Hayden were- but Goss was a disaster and CIA hated him and Hayden was a living, breathing illustration of the Peter Principle (and looked like Brain from Pinkie and the Brain.

    A career intelligence officer would likely get eaten for breakfast before the bureaucratic politics even gets started in earnest.