Monday, January 7, 2013

Obama Taps John Brennan As CIA Director

John Brennan, 57,  joined the CIA more than two decades ago as a young man, after responding to a newspaper want ad. President Obama nominated Brennan today to become the next Director of Central Intelligence.

"John knows what our national security demands: intelligence that provides policymakers with the facts, strong, analytic insights and a keen understanding of a dynamic world," Obama said at the White House.


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During the Obama administration, there has been a marked increase in the number of threats eliminated, with most counter-terrorist strikes carried out not by conventional or special military forces, but by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Furthermore, control of these drone killings is not being carried out by the armed forces through the traditional chain of command, which provides more oversight, but by the CIA. The Agency identifies the bad guys, builds target lists, monitors for opportunities, and pulls the trigger on the kill itself.

This is the most real power ever given to the CIA. John Brennan has been a strong proponent of this type of counter-terrorist engagement using drone aircraft, even if violating the airspace of another sovereign nation. His nomination today to head CIA seems to suggest that we are looking at the future of American armed intervention.

Read more and see the video at CNN.


To learn more about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) check out this list of 20 operational and experimental drones.

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