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Obama picked him, but Secretary Gates proposed Lt.Gen. Clapper as new U.S. spymaster. More power for Army intel ops.

Lt. Gen. (R) James Clapper Jr. He would be the fourth person to hold the NDI job since it was created in 2005, after the intelligence debacles of Sept. 11, 2001, and the invasion of Iraq. His challenge will be to make it an effective leadership post, which by nearly all accounts it has not yet been.

WASHINGTON — President Obama has picked Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. as director of national intelligence, tapping a retired officer with decades of experience to improve coordination of the nation’s sprawling spy apparatus amid increasing threats at home and escalating operations abroad.

Mr. Obama plans to announce his choice in the Rose Garden on Saturday, two weeks after forcing Adm. Dennis C. Blair out of the spymaster job, according to administration officials, who insisted on anonymity to disclose the decision before the formal ceremony.

The selection amounts to pushing the reset button for the president as he tries to recalibrate an intelligence structure that has undergone…READ MORE HERE.