Office of the Director of National Intelligence

2009

 

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "DNI Appoints First Director of Communications." ODNI News Release No. 10-09. Washington, DC: 11 Mar. 2009. [http://www.dni.gov/press_releases.htm]

"Arthur H. House ... will serve as the first Director of Communications" for the ODNI, reporting to DNI Dennis C. Blair. "Director Blair created the position to combine public affairs and legislative affairs functions to ensure consistent, effective communication to all audiences."

[DNI/09]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "DNI Blair Announces Plan for the Next Generation of Electro-Optical Satellites." ODNI News Release No. 12-09. Washington, DC: 7 Apr. 2009. [http://www.dni.gov/press_releases.htm]

DNI Dennis C. Blair announced on 7 April 2009 that "the Office of the DNI along with the Department of Defense (DoD) have put together a plan to modernize the nation's aging satellite-imagery architecture by prudently evolving government-owned satellite designs and enhancing use of U.S. commercial providers."

Key features of the plan include: "Government-owned satellites would be developed, built and operated by the National Reconnaissance Office"; DoD and the Intelligence Community "would increase the use of imagery available through U.S. commercial providers"; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency "would continue to provide the infrastructure that integrates capabilities as well as imagery products."

"Once Congress approves funding for the plan, implementation will begin in the next several months. The commercial imagery elements of the architecture would likely be operational in the next several years. The overall architecture would be fully deployed before the end of the next decade."

[DNI/09; Recon/Sats]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "DNI Blair Selects Christopher Kojm as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC)." ODNI News Release No. 21-09. Washington, DC: 21 May 2009. [http://www.dni.gov/press_releases.htm]

On 21 May 2009, DNI Dennis C. Blair "announced that he has selected Christopher Kojm to be the next Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC)."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "DNI Names New Chairman of the National Intelligence Council." ODNI News Release No. 06-09. Washington, DC: 26 Feb. 2009. [http://www.dni.gov/press_releases.htm]

DNI Dennis C. Blair has selected Ambassador Charles W. Freeman, Jr. to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC).

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, "Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence," 10 Mar. 2009: DNI Dennis C. Blair announced on 10 March 2009 that "Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection" to be NIC Chairman "not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman's decision with regret."

[DNI/09]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "New CIO Joins the ODNI." ODNI News Release No. 22-09. Washington, DC: 27 May 2009. [http://www.dni.gov/press_releases.htm]

Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 21 May 2009, Priscilla Guthrie has taken up her position as Associate Director of National Intelligence and Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer (CIO).

[DNI/09]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "New Director of the Intelligence Staff Joins ODNI." ODNI News Release No. 08-09. Washington, DC: 11 Mar. 2009. [http://www.dni.gov/press_releases.htm]

Lt. Gen. John F. "Jeff" Kimmons has joined the ODNI "as director of the intelligence staff,... the third ranking official within the ODNI.... Kimmons succeeds Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. recently appointed the 17th Director" of the DIA."

[DNI/09]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Statement by the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Dennis C. Blair." Washington, DC: 21 Apr. 2009. [http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/20090421_release.pdf]

Clark comment: This is DNI's statement with regard to the memos made public by the Justice Department on 16 April 2009, detailing the methods approved by the Bush administration for extracting information from Al Qaeda senior operatives.

"I recommended to the president that the administration release these memos, and I made clear that the CIA should not be punished for carrying out legal orders. I also strongly supported the president when he declared that we would no longer use enhanced interrogation techniques. We do not need these techniques to keep America safe.

"The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means. The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security."

[CIA/00s/09; DNI/09]

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