Director of national intelligence quits

Dennis BlairRetired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair resigned as national intelligence director after only 16 months on the job — pushed out by President Obama who will name a successor.  Political science Professor Joseph Wippl, director of the BU Center for International Relations and a 30-year CIA operations officer, said it’s an impossible job because it doesn’t have budgetary or personnel authority over all 16 intelligence agencies.

“Expect another U.S. military man to become DNI.  The military is always good for hopeless causes in civilian leadership.”

Contact Joseph Wippl, 617-353-8992,

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