Nomination of Dennis C. Blair to be Director of National Intelligence, Hearing Before the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, January 22. 2009 [open pdf - 4MB]
From the opening statement of Dianne Feinstein: "It is my major goal to continue the trend of increasing oversight of the intelligence community. As one means of doing it, Admiral Blair and I discussed having monthly sessions where he will come in with the Director of the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] and other key officials to share thoughts on what the intelligence community is doing and how well it is doing. [...]. Admiral Blair is known to many of us from his years of service as the CINCPAC, the commander-in-chief of the United States Pacific Command. He served in the national security field all of his adult life, attending the Naval Academy and serving in the Navy from 1968 to 2002. He worked twice in the White House, first as a fellow and then on the National Security Council staff. He worked for two years at the CIA as the associate director for military support. And he was named to be the director of the Joint Staff in 1996. Admiral Blair has been a consumer of intelligence through his career, as well as the manager of naval and theater intelligence assets. He's had interactions at the top levels with intelligence agencies, including his two years spent on the seventh floor of CIA headquarters down the hall from the Director's office." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dianne Feinstein, Christopher S. Bond, Daniel K. Inouye, Dennis C. Blair, Russ D. Feingold, Russ D. Feingold, and Robert I. Cusick.
S. Hrg. 111-125; Senate Hearing 111-125
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