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U.S. Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific: The View from Pacific Command: Joint Hearing before the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific.

United States. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on International Relations

Published by U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002
Condition: Very good. No dust jacket. Soft cover
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Title continues: and Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, February 27, 2002. Serial No. 107-76. The purpose of this hearing was to review the priorities and challenges to U.S. Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific. From Wikipedia: "Dennis Cutler Blair (born February 4, 1947) is the former United States Director of National Intelligence and is a retired United States Navy admiral. He was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in the Obama administration as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on January 28, 2009 and took office the next day. He was fired by President Obama on May 20, 2010, effective May 28.Following his graduation from the Naval Academy, he was assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall (DDG-19). He then received a Rhodes Scholarship, majoring in Russian studies at Oxford University, attending during the same time future president Bill Clinton studied there (President Clinton did not complete the program). He served as a White House Fellow from 1975-76 with Wesley Clark and Marshall Carter, who later became chairman of the New York Stock Exchange. Blair spent over 34 years in the United States Navy. He served on guided missile destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and commanded the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. His last job in the military was as Commander in Chief, US Pacific Command, the highest-ranking officer over most of the US forces in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, he was Director of the Joint Staff in the Office of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and served in budget and policy positions on several major Navy staffs and the National Security Council staff. He was also the first Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. He retired from the Navy in 2002.In May 2009, Director Blair attempted to exercise his authority to appoint an intelligence officer as his representative abroad, only to have CIA Director Leon Panetta counter his memo with a memo of his own. Former DNI Mike McConnell and the first DNI, John Negroponte, were both unable to take this community management function away from the CIA, which has been under the CIA's jurisdiction since 1947. According to news reports, President Bush had to issue an executive order to give the DNI his congressionally mandated powers to force the CIA and other intelligence agencies to respond to the DNI's demands. A number of government executives agree that the DNI should not have to go to the President each time the DNI wants to implement guidance. Late July 2009, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence backed the DNI, asking the CIA to give "prompt adherence" to the DNI's decision. However, on November 10, 2009, the White House decided in the CIA's favor, granting them authority to continue to select the chief US intelligence officer in each country where the US has a presence. Some intelligence experts believe this significantly weakens the DNI's authority, comparing the DNI to a DCI without an agency. US Senator Susan Collins of Maine expressed concerns during hearings over the botched 2009 Christmas terrorist attack that the White House had undermined the power of ODNI by siding with the CIA in turf disputes, specifically citing this disagreement over intelligence community appointees. In a January 2010 statement to lawmakers by Thomas Kean and Lee H. Hamilton who led the 9-11 Commission Report, Kean and Hamilton urged Obama to be clear who was in charge and urged a strong DNI. According to the Washington Post, a former Clinton administration official suggested scrapping the DNI position if Blair were removed. On February 3, 2010, as Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair testified before Congress, "If that direct action--we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that.I would rather go. Bookseller Inventory # 66653

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Title: U.S. Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific...

Publisher: U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Wraps

Book Condition: Very good. No dust jacket.

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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