Transition Watch: Blair tapped for top Obama intell role
- By Brian Robinson
- Dec 22, 2008
Retired Navy Adm. Dennis Blair has been nominated to be the next
director of national intelligence, highlighting President-elect Barack
Obama’s preference for a strong military manager to oversee the
nation’s intelligence agencies, the Wall Street Journal reported
is expected to have a say in Obama’s selection of the next director of
the CIA and, if confirmed, will oversee an intelligence arena that
could expand to include a domestic intelligence agency and a White
House office to handle cybersecurity.
But Blair, a former
commander of U.S. Pacific forces, will have to contend with a Defense
Department report that said he violated conflict-of-interest standards
as president of the Institute of Defense Analyses, according to the
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.