Master spy agency promotes Nixon

Intel veteran becomes assistant deputy DNI

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell has elevated Steve Nixon to a permanent appointment as assistant deputy DNI and science and technology director.

Intelligence community veteran Nixon had held the job on an acting basis since June, according to the Office of the DNI. His permanent appointment took effect July 25, according to a press release ODNI issued today.

The press release stated that Nixon succeeded Eric Haseltine in the job. Haseltine was the first ODNI science and technology director under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which created the position.

'Nixon will serve as the DNI's chief representative for science and technology matters, with oversight responsibilities for the S&T activities of the 16 agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community, including CIA, NSA, NRO, NGA and DIA,' the DNI organization said.

Nixon transferred his responsibilities as acting director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to Tim Murphy, ODNI said. Murphy previously worked as IARPA deputy director and reported to Nixon, the agency said.

Nixon joined the paramount intelligence organization in November 2005 and worked through June 2007 as deputy associate DNI for science and technology.

Previously, he worked for 10 years on the staff of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, ODNI said.

Nixon advised the committee members on military and intelligence research, development and acquisition programs, ODNI said. Before joining the legislative branch, Nixon worked as a senior civilian analyst for the Navy, the agency said.

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