July 1st, 2011
02:39 PM ET

President Obama picks his man for NCTC

President Barack Obama has made his choice for the top man at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), a key part of the President's national security team.

Matthew Olsen has held a number of intelligence posts from his current job as General Counsel at the National Security Agency to a stint as Special Counselor to the Attorney General and Executive Director of the Guantanamo Review Task Force.

“I am pleased to nominate Matthew Olsen to be the next Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Matt has a distinguished record of service in our intelligence community and I’m confident he will continue to build on our strong counterterrorism efforts,” said President Obama. “Matt will be a critical part of my national security team as we work tirelessly to thwart attacks against our nation and do everything in our power to protect the American people.”

Olsen still has to go through a confirmation process before taking on the job.