Avril Haynes Biden’s Director of National Intelligence Nominee
She'd be America's first woman intelligence chief.
Another career professional with Obama administration ties has been chosen for Biden’s cabinet.
NBC (“Biden picks Avril Haines as director of national intelligence“):
Joe Biden has selected Avril Haines, who held top national security jobs under President Obama, to become director of national intelligence in the Biden administration.
Having served Obama as a national security lawyer and deputy CIA director, Haines, 51, has been playing a key national security role in the Biden transition. She will become the first woman in the DNI job, which was created after the 9-11 attacks to better coordinate the sprawling American intelligence bureaucracy. Among other things, the DNI oversees the presidential intelligence briefing process.
That no woman has held the DNI job isn’t that surprising; it’s a relatively new billet. But no woman was the Director of Central Intelligence, the predecessor job going back to 1947, either. (Gina Haspel was the first woman to hold the CIA Director’s job but that office lost the DCI role when DNI was created.)
Haynes is extremely well-qualified:
Haines served as deputy chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2007 to 2008, when then-Sen. Biden was chairman.
She joined the State Department as a legal adviser in 2008, and in 2010 became deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs at the White House.
She served as deputy CIA director from 2013 to 2014, and was the first woman to hold that office. In that role, she decided not to discipline CIA personnel who were involved in a dispute with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had accused the CIA of improperly accessing the committee’s computers.
She returned to the White House in 2014 to become deputy national security adviser.
Haines continues to fill out an administration that looks to be the exact opposite of Donald Trump’s: career professionals whose views are well within the mainstream. And, yes, Biden is clearly trying to put together a cabinet that “looks like America” but without resorting to tokenism.
I imagine we’ll be seeing “extremely well-qualified” for a lot of Biden’s picks. Very refreshing…
She seems very well qualified, and sounds like a very interesting person…from Wikipedia:
Judo, repairs car engines, flight school, and a bookstore that hosts erotica readings?
I’m adding her to my list of people I’d want to have dinner with; she sounds fascinating.
@Jen: Hey! I lived in Fells Point around that time. Don’t remember Adrian’s though so we might have moved by then.Funk’s Democratic Coffee Spot was more of our hangout. And of course, Bagels by the Bay.
Gawd damn, I could have sworn Condi Rice served as DNI. Turns out I am conflating DNI with NSA.
I was curious about that judo reference, so I read the 2013 Newsweek article that it’s sourced from. No elaboration therein on the judo, but it’s a remarkably excitement-instilling piece just to see the little anecdotes of her competence.
The judo thing is fascinating. The Kodokan isn’t just an elite judo school, it is THE judo school. As in the school started by Jingaro Kano, the founder or Judo and the organization that oversees the sport (for better or worse).
Avril Haynes is apparently ranked at Brown Belt* (the rank before black) so she has taken her fair share of falls. I have a lot of respect for Judo. At 46 I am past the point where I am willing to take the constant bumps necessary to progress in it.
* – Fun fact, most modern martial arts ranking, aka the belt system, comes from Judo and was only introduced in the late 19th and early 20th century as a pedegogical tool.