Avril Haines: Biden’s pick for national intelligence director is the 1st woman for the role

Avril Haines: Biden’s pick for national intelligence director is the 1st woman for the role

Originally published by The 19th

UNITED STATES — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his plans to nominate Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, positioning her to be the first woman to serve in the role.

Biden’s staff confirmed over the weekend that the former vice president would announce several top administration appointments ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. He made his plans public one day ahead of a scheduled news conference.

The director of national intelligence is a Cabinet-level position, created after the September 11 attacks to better coordinate national security and the federal government’s multiple intelligence organizations. The appointment requires Senate approval.

The director serves on the National Security Council, a key advising group for the president on national security and foreign policy issues.

Haines, 51, previously held top intelligence positions under the Obama administration and has been helping the incoming Biden administration with its transition plans.


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Haines served as deputy director of the CIA under the Obama administration, the first woman in that role. She also served as deputy national security adviser. She was a legal adviser to Obama’s National Security Council.

Before that, Haines served as deputy chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee when Biden, a former U.S. senator, was its chairman.

Biden announced several national security appointees on Monday: Antony Blinken as secretary of state; Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security; Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Jake Sullivan as national security adviser; and John Kerry as special presidential envoy for the climate.

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