NATO appoints first intelligence chief

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Source: DW

The intergovernmental military alliance NATO has appointed the former deputy of Germany’s BND intelligence service (Bundesnachrichtendienst), Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, to lead its intelligence gathering and coordination.

Officials said Friday that alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was appointing Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven of Germany as assistant secretary-general for intelligence and security.

The new post was developed to fill a gap in NATO’s assessment and collection of intelligence, which has traditionally heavily relied on the United States.

It was originally proposed as a way to improve intelligence on Russian military activities but it will also involve analyzing and sharing intelligence on terror threats.

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