Clapper grilled on plans for intelligence community
By Ed O'Keefe
By The Post's Ellen Nakashima and William Branigin:
President Obama's nominee to oversee the nation's intelligence community faces tough questioning during his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on the expansion of top-secret agencies and contracts.
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., who seeks to become the next director of national intelligence, appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to explain plans for handling a system that, according to a Washington Post series, has burgeoned since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks into a secretive, unwieldy colossus that defies effective oversight.
In opening the hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the committee, cited the Post series in declaring that Clapper, if confirmed, "faces major management challenges caused by the enormous growth" of the agencies and private-sector partners of the intelligence community.
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