June 5th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

DNI pick draws early criticism

Washington (CNN) - President Obama plans to nominate retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper to be the new director of national intelligence, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to CNN Friday.

Clapper, now a top Pentagon intelligence official, would replace Dennis Blair, who resigned at the end of last month.
The announcement will be made Saturday at the White House, the official said.

If confirmed, Clapper will become the nation's fourth DNI in the last five years. The position was created after the September 2001 terrorist attacks to oversee the 16 agencies of the U.S. intelligence community.

Clapper, who retired from the Air Force in 1995 after a 32-year career, served as head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from September 2001 to June 2006. He has served as the under secretary of defense for intelligence since April 2007.

Some political observers have indicated that Clapper's prospects for confirmation on Capitol Hill, however, are questionable.

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  1. Marie MD

    Is this a surprise? He has a thirty two year military career where most of Congress doesn't know what a gun looks like much less having served in the military. mcnasty doesn't count. He crashed five planes and spent the Vietnam War not fighting it.

    June 5, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Gary

    Would it make any difference? ANY pick by Obama for any position will be criticized by Republicans. It has become a joke. Republicans do not have any credibility.

    June 5, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. GI Joe

    When will CNN do in-depth and detailed reporting on W's confession to war crimes [dressed in his wealthy oil-man's tuxedo] in front of witnesses? Bragging about how he would do it again.

    I'm sure our AG and DoD have now acquired names of attendees to that wealthy man's partying and copies of the taped message.

    WAR CRIMES – people. How loud would you yell if it had been Clinton, Carter, or Obama? Our enemies have the same, I'm sure, since CNN played it over and over to get their ratings up. (FOX seems to have "missed" it).

    June 5, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |