By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 12, 2006; A06
CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden announced yesterday that he has appointed to the No. 3 job at the agency Michael J. Morell, a longtime intelligence official and onetime executive assistant to former director George J. Tenet.
In naming Morell, Hayden also said he was changing the role for that position, a move that recognizes the CIA's loss of leadership of the entire intelligence community to Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte.
Under the old system, when the CIA director was also director of central intelligence, he and his top deputy spent much of their time working with the rest of the intelligence community, leaving the No. 3 person, called the executive director, to supervise most of the CIA's day-to-day operations. Previous "ExDirs," as they were called, often supervised major personnel issues including hiring, firing and promotions.
The change "makes obsolete the old division of labor," Hayden said in a statement. It allows for him and his new deputy, Stephen R. Kappes, "to focus exclusively on the mission of the agency," he said.
Morell, whose background is in the intelligence analysis side of the business, has also most recently been at the National Counterterrorism Center, where he was deputy director for intelligence. Before that, he was with the unit that produced the President's Daily Brief, the top-secret document done each day for the White House, and was a presidential briefer.
Morell's title will be associate deputy director, and his first task will be to review the reporting relationships among the leadership and see what changes need to be made.