McCain Places a Hold on Gen. James Clapper's Nomination to Head DNI

Senator John McCain has placed a hold on the nomination of Lieutenant General James Clapper to become the new Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Sen. McCain is awaiting a report, content unspecified, from Gen. Clapper and "until that report is provided Senator McCain will continue to hold his nomination," said McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan, who again declined to describe the nature of the report.

Gen. Clapper was nominated by President Obama in early June to fill the vacancy left by Dennis Blair. The DNI oversees the 16 agencies that make up the US intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.

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Here's the bio for Lieutenant General James Clapper:

Lieutenant General James R. Clapper Jr. is director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C., and the senior uniformed intelligence officer in the Department of Defense. He is also the manager of the General Defense Intelligence Program. As director of DIA, General Clapper is responsible for a combat support agency composed of military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. As director of the GDIP, he manages selected intelligence resources for all services as part of the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

After a brief period of enlisted service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, General Clapper transferred to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He was commissioned in 1963 as a distinguished military graduate from the University of Maryland. He commanded a signals intelligence detachment in Thailand (where he flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47s), a signals intelligence wing at Fort George G. Meade, Md., and the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The general served as director of intelligence for three of the unified commands: U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Pacific Command and Strategic Air Command. Also, he served as senior intelligence officer for the Air Force.

It's pathetic the games that Senator McCain likes to play especially in the not so funny realm of national security. This has more to do with McCain's re-election prospects and his desire to show Arizonans that he is standing up to the President than anything else.

Confirmation is now not likely until the Senate returns from its Summer recess after Labor Day. Gen. Clapper, by the way, had been unanimously approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday, 15-0. 

Tags: DNI, US Intelligence, Lt. Gen. James Clapper, Senator John McCain (all tags)


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