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Wanted: spy chief with know-how and experience

The person President Bush will soon name the nation’s top spymaster should have his visible support, experience in dealing with the intelligence community, managerial expertise and the ability to go toe-to-toe with the Pentagon in turf battles, specialists in intelligence issues say. Bush is expected to reveal his choice for the new post of director of national intelligence any day now. The White House has carefully guarded the selection process and is determined to avoid a fiasco such as followed the appointment of Bernard B. Kerik as secretary of homeland security. “When they do this, they don’t want to have the name withdrawn,” said a Bush administration official, noting the experience with the former New York City police commissioner whose nomination to the homeland security post had to be pulled amid embarrassment to the president.Full Story

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