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New DIA Director Expects Intensified Demands for Intelligence



Aug 10, 2012

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

The new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is approaching his dream job with eyes wide open, valuing people over technology and expecting a future that holds more intense demands for intelligence.

Michael Flynn accepts DIA Directorship

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta passes the flag from Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., left, to Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn during the change of directorship for the Defense Intelligence Agency on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., July 24, 2012. Burgess had served in the position since 2009. Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, right, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, participated in the ceremony. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo 

Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn became DIA director July 24, as well as commander of the collocated joint functional component command for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance that is part of U.S. Strategic Command.

“If there’s a dream job for me, this is it,” Flynn said during an interview with American Forces Press Service.

His vision for the agency, the director added, “is to operationalize the capabilities that DIA brings to bear, for the defense community and specifically in support of our combatant commanders -- [the] commanders and organizations that are spread throughout the globe in support of our nation’s defense.”

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