Officer who vowed to fix intel now troubleshooter

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Posted: Oct 07, 2011 5:12 PM
Officer who vowed to fix intel now troubleshooter

The Army general who said U.S. military intelligence was failing troops in Afghanistan just got a new job as the top military troubleshooter at the Director of National Intelligence. He also got promoted.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn wrote a controversial paper called "Fixing Intel," when he was the chief military officer in Afghanistan. He blasted military intelligence for being too focused on terrorists, neglecting the economic, social and other information troops need to wage an effective counterinsurgency.

Flynn's new boss, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says hiring the three-star general is like putting the guy who complains about the food in charge of the mess hall. He said now it's Flynn's job to fix intel.