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Obama nominates new intelligence chief

06-06-2010 13:32 BJT

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US President Barack Obama has nominated retired General James Clapper as the country's new intelligence chief. Clapper is currently the undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

US President Barack Obama said, "As undersecretary of defense for intelligence, he has successfully overseen the military and intelligence personnel and budgets that make up the bulk of our 16 agency intelligence community. He has improved information sharing, increased intelligence support to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, upheld civil liberties and he played a key role in our effort to update and reorient our intelligence community to meet the threats of our time."

Obama urged the Senate to approve the nomination quickly. It follows the resignation of former national intelligence director, Dennis Blair, who stepped down after a series of blunders. If confirmed by the Senate, Clapper will be the fourth director of national intelligence since the post was created in 2004.

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