Director of Terrorist Threat Integration Center Appointed
March 11, 2003
As the White House announced today, John O. Brennan has been named the Director of the newly created Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC).
TTIC, the creation of which was announced by the President in his State of the Union address, is scheduled to begin operations on May 1. It will enable full integration of US Government terrorist threat-related information and analysis, and its structure is designed to ensure rapid and unfettered sharing of relevant information across departmental lines.
Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet appointed Brennan, 47, following consultations with the Attorney General, the Director of the FBI, and the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security.
Brennan, a 23-year veteran of the CIA, currently serves as the CIA’s Deputy Executive Director. Prior to assuming that post in March 2001, he served as Tenet’s Chief of Staff for two years.
“John Brennan is an extraordinarily talented and innovative officer whose substantive expertise, organizational skills, and enormous drive make him ideally suited for this challenging assignment,” Tenet said. “He brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of energy to the job. Under his direction, TTIC will serve as the US Government hub for all terrorist threat-related analytic work.”
Elements of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, the DCI’s Counterterrorist Center, the Department of Defense, and other US Government agencies will form TTIC.
Brennan joined the CIA in 1980 and has held a variety of senior positions in the Agency’s Directorate of Intelligence (DI) and the Directorate of Operations (DO). From 1984 to 1989, he served in several analytic assignments in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis in the DI. Mr. Brennan was in charge of terrorism analysis in the DCI’s Counterterrorist Center (DO) between 1990 and 1992, including during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He served as the CIA’s daily intelligence briefer at the White House in 1994 and 1995. Following that assignment, he worked as Executive Assistant to then-DDCI Tenet from 1995 to 1996, and then served as Chief of Station in a major Middle East capital from 1996 to 1999.
A native of North Bergen, New Jersey, Brennan earned a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University in 1977, including study at the American University of Cairo in 1975-76. He received an M.A. in Government with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He is married to Kathy Pokluda Brennan, also of North Bergen, and the father of a son and twin daughters.