Flynn nominated to head Defense Intelligence Agency

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in an April 17 news release. The nomination must be approved by Congress.

Flynn currently serves as assistant director of national intelligence for partner engagement at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in Washington, D.C. 

Flynn has held numerous intelligence posts relative to U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, including director of intelligence at the Joint Special Operations Command, director of intelligence at the U.S. Central Command, director of intelligence at the Joint Staff and director of intelligence at the International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

He is the author of the 2010 report "Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan." The report offers a constructive critique of the U.S. intelligence community in regard to the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

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