Intelligence community creates executive role to lead U.S. election security efforts

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The Director of National Intelligence announced the creation of a new DNI executive position focused specifically on election threats. The new position will be led by Shelby Pierson, who previously served as DNI election security crisis manager during the 2018 midterm elections.

From the announcement:

The ETE will serve as the DNI’s principal adviser on threats to elections and matters related to election security. Additionally, the ETE will coordinate and integrate all election security activities, initiatives, and programs across the IC and synchronize intelligence efforts in support of the broader U.S. government.

“Election security is an enduring challenge and a top priority for the IC,” said ODNI Director Daniel R. Coats. “In order to build on our successful approach to the 2018 elections, the IC must properly align its resources to bring the strongest level of support to this critical issue.

Read more: Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats Establishes Intelligence Community Election Threats Executive

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