Trump’s Acting DNI Names First Woman to Lead National Counter-Terror Center

The Trump administration has named the first woman ever to lead the National Counter-Terrorism Center.

According to The Daily Wire:

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell officially tapped Lora Shiao Monday to serve as the acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).


Grenell’s office pointed out to Daily Caller that Shiao will be the first ever woman to head the NCTC, and she will take over active duties from the current NCTC director, Russell Travers, in April. Shiao is expected to assume the deputy director position if the Senate confirms Pentagon Special Operations official Christopher Miller, whom President Donald Trump has signaled he will nominate to serve as the next permanent director of NCTC.

NCTC reports directly to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Shiao previously served as the center’s executive director, and her previous role will be filled by Clare Linkins, the NCTC’s current director of strategic operational planning.

“Acting DNI Grenell is excited and proud to promote Lora and Clare to these critical positions, where they will lead the nation’s efforts to counter terrorism,” Assistant director of national intelligence Amanda Schoch said in a statement. “Lora and Clare are both NCTC veterans, with more than 25 years of combined experience at the Center.”

Grenell is not only the acting director of National Intelligence he is also continuing to serve in his roll as Ambassador to Germany.

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