Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) announced on December 1, 2014 the committee approved by voice vote the nomination of Nick Rasmussen to be director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
On November 7, 2014 the Director of National Intelligence strongly recommended Rasmussen:
“I strongly endorse the President’s intent to nominate Nicholas Rasmussen to be the next director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Nick’s breadth and depth in managing counterterrorism issues, his proven leadership ability, and his tireless commitment to national security make him an excellent choice to be the next NCTC director. Since being appointed as NCTC’s deputy director in June 2012 and as acting director since September, his sober analysis and calm demeanor have earned the respect of elected officials, partner agencies and the NCTC workforce.
I congratulate Nick on his pending nomination to lead NCTC and I am confident the Center will continue to thrive under Nick’s leadership. Following Senate consideration, I look forward to the opportunity to work together to keep our nation safe.
James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence”
Source: DNI http://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/198-press-releases-2014/1138-dni-clapper-statement-on-president-obama%E2%80%99s-intent-to-nominate-nicholas-rasmussen-as-the-next-nctc-director
See related video: What is the National Counterterrorism Center – an intelligence hub for US counter terrorism activities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsiRCTdkT0k