Biden nominates David Cohen for deputy CIA director

Joe Biden has nominated David Cohen for deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This was announced on the website of Biden’s transition team on Friday, January 15.

Cohen had already served as deputy director of the CIA from 2015 to 2017. It is noted that during that time he “oversaw the CIA’s strategic modernization, directed overseas information gathering and analysis,” and directed “special projects in new technologies.” He received the CIA’s highest award, the Intelligence Medal of Merit.

Cohen previously served as Under Secretary for Counterterrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Treasury Department and was involved in developing sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

On Monday, Biden nominated diplomat and former ambassador to Russia William Burns to head the CIA.

On January 13, it became known that Biden was going to appoint Ann Nubaeger of the National Security Agency (NSA) as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security. She will be in charge of cybersecurity and new technologies in this area.

On January 8, it became known that Biden was going to appoint former U.S. intelligence officer Andrea Kendall-Taylor as senior director for Russia and Central Asia at the National Security Council (NSC) of the White House. She was previously a “CIA analyst” and worked in the Office of the Director of U.S. National Intelligence.