June 4th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Obama expected to pick Pentagon official for intelligence director

President Barack Obama plans to nominate retired Gen. James Clapper to be the new director of national intelligence, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to CNN on Friday.

Clapper, a Pentagon intelligence official, would replace Dennis Blair, who resigned at the end of last month.

- CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report

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  1. thank you

    Gen. Clapper,

    Thank you for making such a great product.
    For years i struggled with getting out of bed to turn off my lights, and to be honest, some nights I left them on.
    But your product saved the day!

    Good luck on the new job.

    June 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Harvey

    Dear General,
    Thanks for keeping penacilin going strong!

    Your biggest fans,
    Jeresy Shore

    June 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Albert Davis

    We have too many intelligence agencies. And not enough intelligence!

    June 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig

    Don't know the man, but says he's a formal General from the United States of America and selected by the President.

    Politics aside, show some respect for intelligence, are Armed Forces, and President.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seymour

      Show some respect for proper English. "are Armed Forces".... really? What are you, one of those Tea Baggers?

      June 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wes

    As the former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Gen. Clapper is the best and most qualified individual to be the next DNI. He will do a great job!

    June 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Billy

    To think that he was once called Major Clapper...I bet the enlisted folks had a good time with that one...

    Congrats General Clapper – you've got your work cut out for you.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mongones

    Gen. Harper
    Congratts. I Trust that you will keep us all safe.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rick Welborn

    General Clapper is a great choice. He has one of the broadest breaths of intelligece community experience of any senior government official.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anonymous

    I am sure General Crapper will be a wonderful edition to the Obama team.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dick

    I am getting that burning sensation already...............

    Reminds me of my time in Subic in the 80's.
    Mabuhay Pinays

    June 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. I'm furious!

    Former General James Jones is our Secretary of Defense. He is also a former board member of Chevron Oil. Coincidently, Condi Rice was also a former board member of Chevron Oil. Maybe the 2 administrations have more in common than anyone realizes, that is, except for big oil. How did it come to this?

    June 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Hey Craig,
    Not to insult your intelligence but instead of the verb 'are' you should have used the pronoun 'our'

    June 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lloyd Cata

    This is a guy who is a warrior and a digital media scientist...think about it! When they talk about someone looking down and following your every move from a satellite...this is your guy! Finally, maybe we have someone who can not only find the dots, but connect them, and 'eliminate' them.

    In the other realm, I don't know this guys relationship with the CIA, so that's a very important component that can 'never' be overlooked in the intelligence community, which comprise some 16 agencies. Unless this guy has, or makes, a 'clear' relationship with Leon Panetta and the 'field agents', US intelligence will continue to fail and only become a reactionary agent instead of a means of prevention.

    However, I cannot see this guy working for anyone else but Jim Jones, the DNS, which is one step to the presidents ear, so I expect he will have input, if not authority to 'act' on the part of the president.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com thank you for visit and spread the blog overseas.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ruffnutt

    if clapper sits in the crapper to long will he get a crammper?

    June 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |