President Obama intends to nominate Gen. James Clapper (Ret)., the current undersecretary of defense for intelligence, as Director of National Intelligence.
Pending weather, the announcement will be made in the Rose Garden tomorrow. Clapper would be the four DNI since the position was created five years ago to oversee the intelligence community's 16 agencies. (The announcement could slip to early next week if the weather does not cooperate.)
He is a former Air Force intelligence officer who rose to head the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency before he was forced out by the Bush Administration over his support for a strong DNI position. Clapper was no fan of an instruction given by then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the first USD(I), Stephen Cambone, giving him "direction, control and authority" over the National Security Agency and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency -- the "national" in those agency's names were there for a reason. Clapper was rehired as the second USDI after Cambone resigned in 2007, reflecting a chance of consensus about intelligence within the Bush Administration. He spent the intervening period at a defense contractor. Clapper's current boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has not moved to rescind the instruction about the NSA and NGA.