President Donald Trump is nominating James B. Bennett to serve as the first national intelligence director, setting the stage for an eventual administration of national security that will include athletes and their coaches.
Bennett is a former director of the Office of Management and Budget and an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel.
He has served as a professor at American University and as a deputy undersecretary for strategic communications and policy.
Bennet, who was a member of Trump’s transition team in January, will likely be the first Trump national security appointee to be in the spotlight for his work as an athlete, gymnast and coach.
Bennett has also worked as a counselor for the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, an NCAA member.
He will be the nation’s first director of national intelligence to be an athlete.
He is a rising national champion and national champion gymnast.
In 2018, he earned a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a silver medal at Athens Olympic Games.
Bennett is also a member, along with a number of other members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, of the 2016 U.N. Global Compact on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the group that signed on to the compact.
He was the first U.O.C. gymnast to be named to the U,S.
women’s gymnastics roster.
In addition to his academic work at American, Bennett has been an athlete himself, having competed in multiple events, including the 2017 London Olympics, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2016 London Paralympics.
He also served as the U.,S.
coach at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Berlin, where he helped the U team win gold.
He has also been a member and coach at his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin.
Bennett, who is married to the former Travin Bathory, a member in the school’s gymnastic program, is the son of former Olympian and current Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.