President Donald Trump announced Gina Haspel as the newly appointed director of the CIA early Tuesday morning. If confirmed, Haspel will be the first woman to serve as director of the intelligence agency.

Here is what you need to know about Gina Haspel:

  1. Haspel has 30 years of experience in the intelligence community – joining the CIA as an intelligence officer in 1985.

  2. If confirmed, Haspel will be promoted from deputy director to CIA Director, replacing Mike Pompeo.

  3. While in the agency, Haspel has held a myriad of senior leadership roles including Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Service, and Chief of Station during her assignments overseas.

  4. She is a decorated officer receiving the George H.W. Bush Award for excellence in counter terrorism, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Donovan Award, and the Presidential Rank Award – the most prestigious award in federal civil service.

  5. During her appointment to deputy director last year, Haspel received praise Obama-era and Bush-era appointees to the intelligence agency due to her extensive experience.

  6. Reportedly, Haspel headed the CIA’s very controversial “black site” in Thailand where terrorism suspects from al Qaeda were held to gather intelligence on their operations.

  7. Former acting director to the CIA, Mike Morrel, said, “She [Haspel] is widely respected throughout the agency…I found her to be simply exceptional. She gets things done in a quiet, yet effective way, and she is calm under fire.”

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