CIA veteran named threat center chief

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The CIA's deputy executive director, John Brennan, has been named director of the new Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC).

The center, announced in President Bush's State of the Union address, merges the terrorist threat analysis capabilities of the CIA, the FBI, and the State, Justice and Defense departments into one facility.

The center, expected to be operational by May 1, would increase information sharing among agencies.

CIA Director George Tenet appointed Brennan after consulting with Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Brennan, 47, is a 23-year CIA veteran and served as Tenet's chief of staff before taking the position as CIA deputy executive director in March 2001.

"[Brennan] brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of energy to the job," Tenet said in a statement. "Under his direction, TTIC will service as the U.S. government hub for all terrorist threat-related analytic work."

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