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Clapper Appointed Intelligence Chief

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Presidential nominee James R. Clapper was unanimously confirmed by the Senate yesterday to become the next Director of National Intelligence.

Clapper is a retired Air Force lieutenant general who most recently served as director of military intelligence and as undersecretary of defense for intelligence. He will take over for Dennis C. Blair and will oversee the nation's 16 intelligence agencies.Clapper Appointed Intelligence Chief - top government contractors - best government contracting event

“As we face evolving security threats and continue to build an integrated intelligence enterprise, the Intelligence Community and the nation are extremely fortunate to have such a distinguished leader at the helm,“ stated Acting Director of National Intelligence David C. Gompert.

Clapper takes the reins as spy chief during national scrutiny of the intelligence community. The Washington Post recently released an investigative series claiming that the intelligence system has gotten “so big, so complex and so hard to manage, no one really knows if it's fulfilling its most important purpose: keeping its citizens safe.“

However, during his confirmation hearing, Clapper reassured legislators that he believes the size of the IC is “under control,“ and that the United States has “the largest, most capable intelligence enterprise on the planet.“ He criticized the articles as mere “sensationalism.“

He also agreed that certain aspects in the IC could improve.

Clapper proved he was capable of aligning the nation's intelligence efforts after his statement in July. He will become the fourth director since the position was created in 2005 and was praised by Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates as the right man for the job.

“I think the president could not have found a better person, a more experienced person, or [a person] with a better temperament to do this job and actually make it work than Jim Clapper,“ Gates said in early June.

The newly appointed DNI holds 40 years in public service, including a 32-year Air Force career and senior Intelligence Community leadership positions. He previously served as director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and was the first civilian director of NGA. He retired from the Air Force in 1995

“On behalf of the Intelligence Community, I congratulate Mr. Clapper on his confirmation and welcome him to the ODNI,“ Gompert said.

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Written by Jim Garrettson

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