President Obama rethinking his pick for director of national intelligence

Just read those qualifications.  How can anybody be effective in this position if he must first build a consensus among the very agencies whose competitive independence his job was set up to overcome?  He won’t be able to “direct” anyone other than his secretary.

Excerpt from cited story:

Obama asked his new Intelligence Advisory Board in December to reexamine the DNI statute. The boards response, according to sources, was that changing the law would be too difficult and that Obama should find a candidate who could get along not only with the defense secretary, who controls a good portion of the overall intelligence budget, but also with the chiefs of key Pentagon-based intelligence agencies. That person also would need to have a rapport with the directors of the CIA and FBI.

via President Obama rethinking his pick for director of national intelligence.

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