Obama to tap NSA counsel to lead center

July 1, 2011 at 3:12 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- President Obama announced Friday he will nominate Matthew Olsen, a member of Obama's security team, as director the National Counterterrorism Center.

"Matt has a distinguished record of service in our intelligence community and I'm confident he will continue to build on our strong counterterrorism efforts," Obama said in a statement. "Matt will be a critical part of my national security team as we work tirelessly to thwart attacks against our nation and do everything in our power to protect the American people."

If confirmed, Olsen will continue NCTC's mission to integrate counter-terrorism intelligence and sharing that information among appropriate federal agencies and departments, the White House said. The center is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Mr. Olsen now is general counsel for the National Security Agency and main legal adviser to the NSA director.

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