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April 23, 2009

Mudd nominated as Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis

Filed under: General Homeland Security,Intelligence and Info-Sharing,Organizational Issues — by Philip J. Palin on April 23, 2009

According to a DHS news statement released at 4:31 pm (eastern), “Today, the White House announced its intent to nominate Philip Mudd as U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis. I am also appointing Bart R. Johnson as Principle Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis. Both of these individuals bring extensive intelligence and national security experience to the Department.”

I can’t find a White House statement yet. (It showed about 4:45, you can find it here.)  But Philip Mudd has been the FBI’s Associate Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch.  According to his Bureau bio:

“Prior to his arrival at the FBI, Mr. Mudd served as Deputy Director of the DCI Counter Terrorism Center (CTC), a position he was appointed to in December 2003. In his capacity as the Deputy Director, CTC, Mr. Mudd was responsible for overseeing operational, analytical, and support programs in the Center.”

“Mr. Mudd joined the CIA in 1985 as a leadership analyst responsible for South Asian issues and continued as a political analyst specializing in South Asia until the early 1990s. He first shifted to work at CTC during 1992-1995, focusing largely on terrorism in the Middle East in general, with an emphasis on Iranian state-sponsored terrorism. He later joined that National Intelligence Council for a tour as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asian issues. Mr. Mudd worked as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Deputy Director for Intelligence in 1998-1999 and then spent two years as chief of CIA’s analytic group directed against Iraq. From February 2001 to January 2002, he was the Director for Gulf Affairs Near East and North African Affairs at the National Security Council. He then returned to become the Deputy Director of the Office of Terrorism Analysis, the analytic arm of the CTC.  Mr. Mudd earned a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia (1984), with a specialty in fiction from the Victorian era, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Villanova University (1983). He speaks French and is an avid fisherman.”

Bart Johnson is currently with the office of the Director of National Intelligence where he has been Director of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, but the DHS news statement emphasizes his state and local connections, “Formerly, Johnson spent 25 years in the New York State Police, where he rose from Trooper to Colonel, serving in narcotics-enforcement and counterterrorism leadership positions along the way.  He holds a B.A. from Empire State College and has completed Leadership in Counterterrorism training through the FBI.”

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 23, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

What is the entirety of budget and staff for INTEL in DHS?

Comment by Arnold

April 23, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

Seems like a great choice. I believe that some members on Congressional committees expressed their displeasure that someone with predominately law enforcement experience was not chosen. While it sounds like a good idea, it may have had a detrimental effect vis-a-vis the rest of the IC.

I mention that by way of “word on the street” I’ve heard that it was only Charlie Allen’s great reputation and almost legendary status that helped DHS get not only a seat at certain tables but enhanced cooperation. Mudd seems cut from that same mold. An individual who had spent the majority of their career in domestic law enforcement would have likely faced resistance from traditional IC corners.

Though I think Bart Johnson is a fantastic choice to shore up the domestic/law enforcement side of things.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

April 24, 2009 @ 5:20 am

Re: Philip Mudd – When I leave Harwich/Chatham (Cape Cod) and travel north to Kennebunkport (Maine), I have often met fishermen who spoke French and as an avid weekend French speaking, fish catching enthusiast, from what I have learned on my visits, Mr. Mudd will certainly be adept in knowing how to use bait!

A terrific choice and an individual who has “earned” his way and understands DHS and is keenly aware and knows full well what threats abound from those who seek our demise. Let all be vigilant during this our watch, however this gentleman given his recognition and his CV will serve our country and fulfill his responsibilities to assure that we are safeguarded.

Thank you.

Kudos to Mr. Philip Mudd.

Re: Bart Johnson – His experience has obviously afforded him an indepth understanding and as a passionate and citizen supporter of local “first responders” who hold these men and women in high esteem and as I write and call Congress in seeking substantial funding for the local 250 metro cities and a renewed national commitment to civil defense, whenever someone with extensive law enforcement experience such as Philip Mudd is elevated, we here on the street as day-to-day citizens applaud such a choice for in this specific position this gentleman will undoubtedly utilize his extensive network which will benefit the organization as well as helping us have a better sense that those watching us chickens are street smart and understand the ways of the devious….An excellent choice as well!

Congratulations to both these individuals and to those on both sides of the aisle who have lost much of our respect these days at the continuing arrogant and self-serving agenda, we need both these gentlemen to serve the majority interests and to help enjoin their teams of competencies to protect us from harm –

Expedite the process and allow them to get out in the field and at their desks for the clock is ticking and unfortunately there are those who are planning acts against this great nation and its most charitable people here and abroad and we must show strength and a cohesiveness in commitment and communication from local to state to national and international folks who are passionate and concerned about activities which threaten us.

Congratulations on two very good choices who will undoutedly be vigilant and bring valued solutions to various scenarios as they most assuredly evolve as we see Pakistan fall and the present Egyptian government under siege depicting a world riddled with unfortunate challenges which will test our core, yet with men like Mr. Mudd and Mr. Johnson, let others who choose to do us wrong be prepared to encounter a stronger DHS commitment.

God Bless America! We are truly the beacon of hope to those who wait everyday to secure their visa and come to America to escape oppression and those who use power to thwart man’s individual’s rights and creativity….

Christopher Tingus
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Citizen
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 24, 2009 @ 9:23 am

Also meant to ask if confirmation hearing will be held by Senate Intel committee or Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs? Seems like should be the former to me to give credibility to appointee.

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