CIA vet to head new terror center

| 3/12/2003

A CIA veteran aide to director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet will head a new clearinghouse for foreign and domestic terrorism analysis, The Associated Press reported.

Tenet named John O. Brennan as director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said March 11. Brennan currently is the CIA's deputy executive director and served as Tenet's chief of staff before that.

Brennan, 47, has been with the agency for 23 years in a variety of operational and analytical roles, both at agency headquarters and overseas, the CIA said.

The center, first announced by President Bush in his State of the Union address, is designed to streamline analysis and disseminate intelligence that points to possible terrorist attacks. It proposes to bring together information gathered by the CIA, FBI and other agencies.

The center is to begin work May 1 and will initially be located on the CIA campus in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.