James Clapper steps down as head of National Intelligence

Following a 50-year career in the service of the United States, including 32-years in the Air Force, James Clapper resigned his position as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on Thursday morning.

Serving as DNI since 2010, Clapper will leave the agency at the end of President Obama’s term in January.

Testifying in front of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper revealed he had submitted his resignation on Wednesday evening when responding to one member’s comment describing their hope he would remain as Director for another four years.

“(I) submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good.  I have 64 days left and I’d have a pretty hard time with my wife going past that,” Clapper said.
Quizzed by the panel on looming threats, Clapper told members of his concerns over Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, international terrorism, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and cyber terror.
 “Our nation is facing the most diverse array of threats that I’ve seen; I’m hesitant to pick one.  I will leave this job concerned about the impact of so-called lone wolves and home grown violent extremism,” he revealed, expressing one of his most pressing concerns.
Clapper served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963–1995, which included a five-year tenure as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  After briefly holding positions in the private sector with satellite firm GeoEye and British defense firm Detica, Clapper returned to government assuming the role of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence prior to accepting the position at DNI.
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