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If confirmed as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Blair would face ticking international time bombs inherited from the administration of President George W. Bush, including two wars, secret CIA prisons overseas and domestic wiretapping. The top intelligence adviser to the president and the National Security Council, he would be tasked with managing intelligence activities and overseeing 16 often fractious agencies. Obama's team has faced hurdles in finalizing his intelligence picks, and the choice of Blair -- a career military man -- might fuel tensions between civilian and military intelligence officials, The Wall Street Journal reported. "It's controversial from those within the intelligence community," a former top intelligence official told the Journal regarding the Blair pick. Blair, who has a 34-year Navy career, is not known to be personally close to Obama, although he occasionally advised him in the Senate. He has ties with the Clintons and was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University at the same times as former president Bill Clinton.  A former commander of the military's forces in the Pacific who served 34 years in the Navy, Mr. Blair did one tour as the CIA's military liaison in the mid-1990s. That experience will provide important perspective in overseeing the CIA and other intelligence agencies, say those who have worked with Mr. Blair.