By Peter HolleyBy Peter Holly, Washington ExaminerA new security official has been appointed to lead the White House’s new cybersecurity department, an administration official said Friday, confirming that the newly installed director of the Office of Management and Budget, William Lynn, will oversee the U-2 spy plane program.
Lynn, a retired Army colonel, is the third chief of the intelligence community, following former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden and retired Gen. Keith Alexander.
Lynch will oversee U-1 intelligence, the nation’s most closely guarded and secretive intelligence-gathering operation, and will oversee other U.N. missions, the White Capitol Times reported.
He will also work closely with cybersecurity and cyber-threat research.
Lynk will serve in his new role until at least 2021, the official said.
He has a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University, and was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence and intelligence-related activities, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details of his appointment were not released.
Lynks previous work included working as an assistant director of strategic communications at the Defense Intelligence Agency in the mid-2000s.
He was the senior vice president for intelligence at Booz Allen Hamilton, the private defense contractor.
The official also said Lynn’s wife, Carol, will be a senior advisor to the new director of intelligence.
Lynns predecessor as director of national intelligence, retired Gen Mike McConnell, left office in 2017 after 10 years.
The New York Times reported that Lynn is expected to announce a new national security adviser to replace him by the end of the year.