DCI Selects Ambassador Hutchings to Chair NIC
December 10, 2002
The Director of Central Intelligence, George J. Tenet, announced today the selection of Ambassador Robert L. Hutchings to serve as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC). Ambassador Hutchings is currently Assistant Dean and Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he has been since 1997.
Past assignments included service as Fellow and Director of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Special Advisor to the Secretary of State (with the rank of Ambassador), Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council and Deputy Director of Radio Free Europe. Ambassador Hutchings also served two tours in the NIC as Director of its Analysis Group and earlier as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Europe.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia. Ambassador Hutchings has authored several books on diplomacy and international affairs, and is a Director of the Atlantic Council of the United States and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Director Tenet remarked, “Bob’s wide-ranging career in public service, including experience both as an analyst and consumer of intelligence, make him an ideal choice to lead the NIC as it grows and adapts to meet an unprecedented demand from policymakers for intelligence community analytical products. Bob’s reputation as a strong leader was built over many years in challenging academic and government posts. I welcome Bob to our senior management team, and also wish to recognize the superb job currently being done by Acting NIC Chairman Stu Cohen.”
Ambassador Hutchings plans to enter on duty with the NIC early next year.