Why this matters: As special assistant to the president for intelligence programs, Barry will be crucial to the smooth functioning of President Trump’s national security team, and will be responsible for aligning the intelligence community’s policy with Trump’s priorities. Barry will also manage covert action.
- Before Barry’s service in the intelligence community, he served in the Air Force.
- H.R. McMaster asked CIA Director Mike Pompeo for recommendations for Cohen-Watnick replacements. Pompeo recommended Barry.
- Barry and McMaster bonded, partly “because they’d worked in similar environments,” the source said.