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January 27, 2006

TSA gets a new intelligence chief

Filed under: Aviation Security,Intelligence and Info-Sharing — by Christian Beckner on January 27, 2006

Via CQ:

TSA chief Kip Hawley said Thursday that the agency is creating a new senior-level intelligence position, which will play the role of interlocutor between the TSA’s central intelligence shop and local officials at airports and other transportation venues. Hawley said the acting director of TSA’s intelligence unit, Nick Grant, will assume the new role….

Hawley also announced Thursday that Bill Gaches, now head of the intelligence division at the National Counterterrorism Center, will take over Grant’s old job as the assistant administrator for intelligence and analysis.

The article also quotes Rep. Ed Markey criticizing DHS for the lack of info-sharing among its intelligence activities. I think that things have been moving in the right direction in recent months with the appointment of Charlie Allen as Chief Intelligence Officer. But articles such as this one illustrate the depth of the challenge facing DHS in its efforts to strengthen and link its intelligence activities.

For more context on TSA’s intelligence activities, see this post that I wrote last month, or run this Google search.

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