New NIMA director announced

James Clapper will be the first civilian to serve as director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency

James Clapper Jr. will take over as the new director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the first civilian to hold the position.

The Pentagon and the CIA jointly announced the decision Aug. 8.

Clapper, who has more than 37 years of experience in intelligence, will replace Army Lt. Gen. James King, who will retire later this year.

As a lieutenant general in the Air Force, Clapper served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Since his retirement from the military, he has held executive positions in the commercial sector, including executive director for military and intelligence at Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. and most recently as vice president and director of intelligence programs at SRA International Inc.

NIMA provides the Defense Department and intelligence agencies with images, image intelligence and geospatial information in support of national security.

Clapper's appointment is the latest in a series of changes in the intelligence community. CIA Director George Tenet announced several personnel moves during the first week of August. They include:

* John Helgerson, currently deputy director of NIMA, will be chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

* Joanne Isham, CIA deputy director for science and technology, will replace Helgerson at NIMA.

* Donald Kerr, assistant director of the FBI, will replace Isham.

* Dennis Fitzgerald, CIA associate deputy director for science and technology, is to be the new deputy director for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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