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Wed Apr 21, 2021, 09:30 PM

Biden picks technology expert and first Black woman to be the No. 2 U.S. intelligence official.

Source: New York Times

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Biden picks technology expert and first Black woman to be the No. 2 U.S. intelligence official.

President Biden on Wednesday nominated Stacey A. Dixon, an expert in intelligence technology, to serve as the nation’s No. 2 intelligence official.

The nomination of Dr. Dixon, the former head of the intelligence community’s advanced research project agency, to be the office’s principal deputy director reflects the Biden administration’s interest in making technological innovation in intelligence gathering a priority.

If the Senate confirms Dr. Dixon, who is currently the deputy director of the Defense Department’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, she will be the highest-ranking Black woman in the intelligence community and the first Black person to serve in one of its most senior posts. She has spoken in the past about the need for intelligence agencies to diversify their ranks.

“Dr. Dixon possesses a deep knowledge of the intelligence tradecraft and understands the critical work intelligence professionals perform every day,” said Avril D. Haines, the director of national intelligence.

The No. 2 post, called the principal deputy director, has been without a Senate-confirmed official since the Trump administration pushed Sue Gordon out of the job in August 2019.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/us/biden-intelligence-stacey-dixon.html

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