Negroponte nominated for new intelligence position

Negroponte nominated for new intelligence position

President Bush has nominated John Negroponte, currently the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, to become the first director of national intelligence.

The position was created in the intelligence reform legislation signed into law by Bush two months ago, and is an outgrowth of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Negroponte will be responsible for directing all of the agencies that comprise the intelligence community, including the CIA, National Security Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and those in the Defense Department.

The purpose of the new job is to have one person responsible for making sure that information-sharing is taking place effectively and improving the nation's ability to anticipate and respond to potential terrorist activities. The failure to share information was one of the key criticisms of the commission concerning the government's failure to prepare for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

At a press conference, Bush said Porter Goss, the director of the CIA, will report to Negroponte, who will also play a lead role in the president's daily morning intelligence briefings.

When asked whether Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld will fight to keep authority over defense intelligence spending, Bush said, 'ultimately John will make the decisions on the budget.'

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