From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski
Sources involved in President-elect Obama's transition confirm that former Admiral Dennis Blair has been selected as the new Director of National Intelligence.
A 34-year Navy veteran, Blair was commander of the U.S. military's Pacific Command, was director of the Joint Staff, but also worked with the CIA and National Security Council.
Blair, a Rhodes Scholar and Russian speaker is considered a "brainiac" who has experience in managing large organizations. A commander of Pacific Command he's known for pushing political and diplomatic engagement over military confrontation.