Mr Day was chosen for this role following an internal competition after Sir Alex Allan’s departure in late 2011. The appointment has been approved by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister.
The Cabinet Secretary, Jeremy Heywood, said:
I believe that Jon is the best person to steer the Joint Intelligence Committee [JIC] in continuing its important role in providing the National Security Council with independent intelligence assessments and playing a leading role in the intelligence community.
He has a deep understanding of the domain, in particular the National Security machinery, and was until 2011 a member of the JIC. I look forward to working with him in his new role.
Commenting on his new role, Mr Day said:
The Joint Intelligence Committee is an indispensible component of the UK’s security and defence machinery. I am pleased and proud to have been appointed to chair the committee.
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