Names for likely members of the team to head President-elect Barack Obama’s intelligence team are quietly leaching out of the gray world.
One top possibility is former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), who helped sponsor the legislation that created the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, and co-chaired the commission. Roemer, a senior member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence before leaving Congress to lead the commission, was a fairly early supporter of Obama, endorsing him in late January. He is president of the Center for National Policy. a Washington thinktank with Democratic tendencies.
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif), a Blue Dog Democrat who House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) forced off of the HPSCI, is another name being mentioned either for head of CIA or to serve as Director of National Intelligence. Harman, who is chair of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence, information sharing and terrorism risk assessment, represents the district where most of America’s highly classified spy satellites and keeps a close eye on legislation affecting these assets. She is known as a strong supporter of Boeing’s intelligence initiatives.
Finally, a dark horse candidate for CIA has surfaced. Christopher Tucker, senior vice president for national programs at erdas (formerly known as Leica Geosytems) was the founding chief strategic officer at In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. Tucker serves as a board member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.