President Barack Obama names David Boren as intelligence panel leader

By Chris Casteel - Washington Bureau Modified: October 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm •  Published: October 28, 2009
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today named University of Oklahoma President David Boren as co-chairman of his Intelligence Advisory Board.

Meeting in the Cabinet Room with the board and senior intelligence officials today, Obama said Boren, a former U.S. senator, and former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel will now lead the panel that was created during Dwight Eisenhower's presidency.

Obama said Boren and Hagel will report directly to him.

In remarks to the board and the intelligence officials, Obama said, "David is a longtime champion of intelligence reform. He was the longest-serving chairman in the history of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In that time, he authored the legislation that created an independent inspector general at the CIA and major reforms to our oversight of covert actions.

"David was also the leading force behind legislation that has encouraged thousands of American college students to study abroad to deepen their knowledge of the world and cultures. I thank David for agreeing to serve in this capacity, even as he continues to lead the University of Oklahoma."

Obama added: "And we are sorry about (Sam) Bradford's shoulder."

Boren gave advice to Obama on intelligence matters during last year's presidential campaign.

Boren's son, U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, sits on the House Intelligence Committee.