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Charlie Rose Talks to James Clapper

The director of national intelligence on Islamic State, life after the Snowden revelations, and keeping Iran nuke-free
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Define for us exactly what the DNI does.

Well, the position of the DNI actually grew out of a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission. Essentially, the three duties are to be the senior adviser on intelligence and counter-intelligence matters to the president; to manage what’s called the National Intelligence Program, which encompasses all the resources, the money—which I defend and navigate to Congress each year—for the entirety of the national intelligence community; and of course, to manage the enterprise. My main objective has been, in the four-and-a-half years I’ve had the job, to integrate the community as much as possible.