Obama names co-chairs of intelligence advisory board
By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama has chosen two former senators with deep experience in foreign relations and the work of the nation's spy agencies to co-chair his independent advisory board on intelligence.
Obama picked Democrat David Boren from Oklahoma, a former Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, and Republican Chuck Hagel from Nebraska, who formerly chaired the Senate's Foreign Relations panel, to lead the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.
"They have been leading voices on intelligence and security issues, and they represent the bipartisan consensus for a strong and smart national security policy," Obama said in a statement Wednesday, before announcing the appointments at a meeting with his top intelligence advisers.
The advisory board reports directly to the president and has unfettered access to intelligence, as it provides the president with an independent source of advice on intelligence matters.
Posted at 1:51 PM ET on Oct 28, 2009
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