NATO dynamics: NATO appoints its first intelligence chief - DW

14:34 Oct. 22, 2016

NATO appoints its first intelligence chief - DW

Member countries' flags are seen in front of the NATO Headquarters (GettyImages Photo)

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven of Germany will attempt to improve intelligence on Russia, Islamic State

The intergovernmental military alliance NATO has appointed a former vice president of Germany's intelligence service, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, to lead its intelligence gathering and coordination.

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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 relied heavily 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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Officials said Freytag von Loringhoven was likely to focus on higher-level intelligence sharing about so-called "Islamic State's" strategy and operations, rather than tactical details of specific people trying to infiltrate into Europe.

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