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Marcel Lettre: Pentagon Reshuffles Intelligence Office

PentagonMarcel Lettre, principal deputy defense undersecretary, announced Monday the Defense Department is realigning its intelligence office in an effort to streamline programs and to reduce the department’s budget, American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday.

Claudette Roulo writes the department plans to redesignate three deputy defense undersecretary positions as defense intelligence director posts, as well as to add a fourth director.

The additional defense intelligence director will oversee technical collection and special programs such as activities of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency‘s science and technology directorate.

“We looked across our organization and found pockets of expertise that were focused on these issues, particularly in the cyber arena, and … are moving toward pulling them all together into this new DDI,” Lettre said, according to AFPS.

Lettre told reporters the reshuffle follows an  internal review, guidance from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act’s requirement to eliminate many deputy defense undersecretary titles.

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