Senate Confirms Air Force General as CIA Director

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 - By a 78-15 vote, the Senate today confirmed Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden as CIA director.

Hayden, who has served under John D. Negroponte as principal deputy director of national intelligence since April 2005, succeeds Porter Goss.

"I commend the Senate for confirming Michael Hayden as director of the Central Intelligence Agency by a bipartisan majority," President Bush said in a White House statement shortly after the Senate vote. "Winning the war on terror requires that America have the best intelligence possible, and his strong leadership will ensure that we do.

"General Hayden is a patriot and a dedicated public servant whose broad experience, dedication, and expertise make him the right person to lead the CIA at this critical time," the president's statement continued. "I look forward to working with Ambassador Negroponte, General Hayden and the other leaders of our intelligence community as we continue to address the challenges and threats we face in the 21st century. I congratulate General Hayden and his family on his confirmation and thank him for his continued service to our nation."

Hayden's 36-year Air Force career has included a six-year stint as director of the National Security Agency as well as various other assignments in the intelligence arena. He has held senior positions at the Pentagon, in U.S. European Command and on the National Security Council, and he served in the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria during the Cold War.

It was not immediately clear when he will be sworn into his new post.


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