By Sara A. Carter
The Washington Examiner
Army Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who served as director of intelligence at the Pentagon and later chief military intelligence officer for International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, has been nominated as the top deputy for National Director of Intelligence James Clapper.
Last year, Flynn coauthored a paper "Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan" for the Center for a New American Security, where he was critical of intelligence gathering methods by the military.
He noted in his report that news stories offered more relevant information and a better understanding of the Afghan people, which is key to beating the insurgency.
"In a recent project ordered by the White House, analysts could barely scrape together enough information to formulate rudimentary assessments of pivotal Afghan districts," Flynn said in his report. "It is little wonder, then, that many decision-makers rely more upon newspapers than military intelligence to obtain ‘ground truth."