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Gen. William Odom Nominated to Head Super-Secret NSA

April 20, 1985|United Press International

WASHINGTON — Army Lt. Gen. William E. Odom Friday was nominated as the new director of the super-secret National Security Agency.

Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger announced that President Reagan had made the nomination, which now goes to the Senate for confirmation.

Odom, 52, replaces Air Force Lt. Gen. Lincoln Faurer, who retired April 1 after almost 35 years of service, four of them as head of the NSA.

Earlier Friday, the Pentagon denied a published report that Faurer had been forced to take early retirement because he refused to accept budget cuts for the multibillion-dollar intelligence establishment.

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