Dennis C. Blair

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Dennis Blair
3rd Director of National Intelligence
In office
January 29, 2009 – May 28, 2010
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyDavid Gompert
Preceded byMike McConnell
Succeeded byDavid Gompert (Acting)
Personal details
Dennis Cutler Blair

(1947-02-04) February 4, 1947 (age 77)
Kittery, Maine, U.S.
EducationUnited States Naval Academy (BS)
Worcester College, Oxford (MA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1968–2002
Rank Admiral
Battles/warsWar on Terror

Dennis Cutler Blair (born February 4, 1947)[1] is the former United States Director of National Intelligence and is a retired United States Navy admiral. He was the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific region.[2]

Blair was a career officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the White House during the presidencies of both President Jimmy Carter and President Ronald Reagan. Blair retired from the Navy in 2002 as an Admiral.[3] In 2009, Blair was selected as President Barack Obama’s first Director of National Intelligence, but after a series of bureaucratic battles, he resigned on May 20, 2010.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Blair, Dennis C.". Current Biography Yearbook 2010. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2010. pp. 46–50. ISBN 9780824211134.
  2. [1] Archived 2013-10-22 at the Wayback Machine, Aspen Security Forum, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 [2] Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine, Secure Energy, 2013
  4. Bob Woodward, Obama's Wars (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010), p. 371. Obama offered Blair the opportunity to devise a face-saving cover story, but Blair refused: "You want me to lie?"