After 16 months on the job, Dennis C. Blair announced yesterday he is resigning from his post as director of national intelligence.
In a statement yesterday, Blair announced he will be stepping down from his position effective May 28. He praised the work of those men and women who have worked with him in the Intelligence Community and said he would be cheering for them.
“I have had no greater honor or pleasure than to lead the remarkably talented and patriotic men and women of the Intelligence Community,” Blair said. “Every day, you have worked tirelessly to provide intelligence support for two wars and to prevent an attack on our homeland. You are true heroes, just like the members of the Armed Forces, firefighters, and police whose job it is to keep our nation safe.”
President Barack Obama commented in a statement yesterday he was grateful for Blair’s leadership as director of national intelligence and that he over many years had served with “great integrity, intellect, and commitment to our country and the values that we hold dear.”
“During his time as DNI, our Intelligence Community has performed admirably and effectively at a time of great challenges to our security, and I have valued his sense of purpose and patriotism,” Obama said. “He and I both share a deep admiration for the men and women of our intelligence community, who are performing extraordinary and indispensable service to our nation.”
It is unclear why Blair chose to step down, but his resignation followed a 16-month rocky tenure that coalesced in a report from the the Senate Intelligence Committee citing “systemic failures” across U.S. intelligence.