White House taps intel critic to head military intelligence

On Tuesday, the White Hose nominated Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn as the new chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

If confirmed by the Senate, Flynn will replace the current DIA director Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess. Flynn currently the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) backed Flynn's nomination as the new DIA chief. 

The three-star general is an "excellent choice" for the DoD post, Rogers saidin a tweet sent Tuesday shortly after the Pentagon's announcement. 

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Flynn was the director for intelligence operations at the Joint Staff and Joint Special Operations Command prior to his nomination. 

The three-star general also commanded the Army's 111th Military Intelligence Brigade, headquartered at the service's Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. 

Flynn was also the top intelligence officer at International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan, working under former ISAF chiefs Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Gen. David Petraeus. 

He was also the author of a scathing review of American intelligence operations in Afghanistan. 

Written for the Washington-based Center for A New American Security in January 2010, Flynn took direct aim at systematic problems within the U.S. intelligence community. 

The narrow focus of military and intelligence leaders on insurgent groups in Afghanistan left U.S. strategists largely ignorant about the overarching issues shaping anti-American sentiment in the country. 

After nearly a decade of combat, U.S. military and intel planners were "unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which U.S. and allied forces operate and the people they seek to persuade," according to the CNAS report. 

--updated at 5:11P.M. to include comments from House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman Rep. Mike Rogers