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BLAIR’S RESIGNATION – A Symptom of a More Serious Problem

The resignation of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Dennis Blair, is a symptom of a more serious problem within the Obama administration than the failures of the DNI. It’s a problem that won’t disappear with Blair’s departure. Fixing it requires more than appointing the right replacement. it requires a hard look at the DNI position itself and how President Obama and the White House oversee it.

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2 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    I don’t think there is any way they could restructure the DNI position to make it work. He will always be micromanaged from above and will never get all the cooperation he needs from below. I think it worked better when the Director CIA led the intelligence community. He had the resources and access to information that allowed him to do the job. But today that would require a real intellience professional. Leon Panetta doesn’t have the depth of intelligence experience to do the job.

  2. james l. noyes says:

    Ed,

    You are correct. The President must give clear direction. Unfortunately, most civilians do not quite understand how critical it is to give clear orders and lines of authority and responsibility. They much prefer the safety of the committee where no one person can be blamed. Alas, I don’t think that career politicians will ever understand this concept. Jim

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