'Fixing Intel' general taking over defense post

Tuesday - 7/24/2012, 2:45am EDT

By KIMBERLY DOZIER
AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. general who vowed to fix intelligence to better fight the Afghanistan war is taking command of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who worked with elite special operations forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is taking over Tuesday from Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. as the senior military intelligence adviser to the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Burgess will retire from the Army after 38 years of service.

Flynn will have to figure out how to support special operations troops expected to stay behind in Afghanistan after most U.S. forces, including intelligence operators, withdraw by the end of 2014.

The new director published a controversial paper titled "Fixing Intel," which faulted intelligence gathering in Afghanistan.


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