Former intelligence officer joins DHS

President Bush has tapped another former intelligence officer for a top job at the Homeland Security Department as the agency works to gather and evaluate data to prevent another terrorist attack.

White House representatives said Bush plans to appoint Patrick Hughes as DHS' assistant secretary for information analysis.

Hughes was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for more than three years. He also has been director of intelligence for the Joint Staff and the U.S. Central Command. He was the commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Agency.

He most recently was a private consultant. Hughes earned his bachelor's degree from Montana State University and his master's degree from Central Michigan University. He joins other top DHS officials who have experience in the intelligence field, including Frank Libutti, undersecretary of information analysis and infrastructure protection, and Robert Liscouski, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection.

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