Former diplomat William Burns will be the new director of the American intelligence agency CIA if it is up to president-to-be Joe Biden.
Burns, 64, has 33 years of diplomatic experience.
Burns served as Assistant Secretary of State under President Obama and Ambassador to Moscow under President George W. Bush.
He also served as an ambassador to Jordan. Burns currently chairs the Carnegie think tank that deals with international issues.
Biden says in a statement that Burns shares his belief that intelligence agencies should operate apolitically.
The Central Intelligence Agency is engaged in gathering intelligence in and about countries other than the US.