National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has resigned, reportedly at President Barack Obama's request. Blair's resignation comes after 16 months of intelligence failures and reported ongoing turf wars between different U.S. spy agencies.
There have been a number of incidents under Blair's tenure, including the Ft. Hood shooting by Nidal Malik Hasan and the attempted Christmas Day bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
"It is with deep regret that I informed the president today that I will step down as director of national intelligence," Blair said in a message to his work force.
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"During his time as DNI, our intelligence community has performed admirably and effectively at a time of great challenges to our security, and I have valued his sense of purpose and patriotism," Obama said in a brief statement Thursday night. "He and I both share a deep admiration for the men and women of our intelligence community, who are performing extraordinary and indispensable service to our nation."
Blair's resignation became evident following a meeting between President Barack Obama and Blair on Thursday afternoon, according to two senior congressional officials. The officials said, it became clear that Blair had "lost the confidence of the president."
Blair said his last day would be May 28. He is a retired Navy admiral and the third person to hold the position of national intelligence director, which was created following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The national intelligence director is tasked with coordinating information from 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. Two other government officials said several candidates already had been interviewed for the job.
*Originally broadcast on May 21, 2010.