NATO eyes new intel official to improve information sharing

A senior defense official says NATO will likely establish a new high-level intelligence coordinator to improve information sharing among allies, spurred on by what it sees as persistent threats from Russia and recent attacks in Paris and Brussels.

The official says NATO nations appear to have agreed on plans to create a new assistant secretary general who would encourage countries to better collect and distribute intelligence so the alliance can act more quickly.

The discussions have been going on for six to eight months and were triggered by worries about Moscow, including its military action in Ukraine. The idea gained traction after the Paris attacks. Allies could act on the plan during the NATO summit in July.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke anonymously.