Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New DNI has Resolve to Solve DOD Energy Security Issues

Retired Admiral and Annapolis grad Dennis Blair seems a perfect fit for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) role in the Obama administration.  With strong publicly espoused opinions about US dependence on foreign sourced fuel, and a robust base of  national security R&D experience as a recent President of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), he's a great complement to Jim Jones, the new National Security Advisor. 

In a 2007 hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, he laid out the DOD's energy security problem succinctly:
Put simply:  the increasing U.S. dependence on oil imported from underdeveloped volatile regions of the world is putting a strain on our military forces and it is assigning them expensive missions for which they're really the wrong instrument of national power. 
Blair is not at all happy about our historical approach to energy security, and it appears he's psyched to be part of a team that may bring serious transformation. There's more on him here.

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