America Has a New Spy Chief

The CIA has appointed a new Director for Operations, in charge of clandestine missions around the world. NBC News reports:

CIA Director Gina Haspel has named Beth Kimber to head the agency’s Directorate of Operations, meaning Kimber will become the first woman to run the agency’s large network of spies around the world.

Kimber, 56, a European and Russian expert, had most recently been director of the Europe and Eurasia Mission Center. She was previously deputy director of the National Clandestine Service, as the Directorate was formerly known. She also served as acting deputy director of the CIA earlier this year while Haspel was being confirmed.

Brittany Bramell, the CIA’s director of public affairs, confirmed the choice.

Said Bramell, “With nearly 34 years of experience and a proven ability to deliver with impact on CIA’s operational mission, Beth Kimber will be an exceptional leader of our Directorate of Operations.”

This is the first woman to be appointed to the job, as was Haspel for the Director job.