Today’s topic is Intelligence. Yes, I know, “military intelligence” is an oxymoron, but it is in fact critical to the safety of our military personnel.  So let’s see what candidate Barnett has to say on the subject:

Virginia’s 10th District is home to the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. Our office parks include companies that support these agencies. Incredibly, there are no Virginians on the House intelligence committee (HPSCI). I will push to serve on this committee.

Now that certainly makes sense, but Rep. Wolf is on the Appropriations Committee, which is very important, and is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.  Wolf is a 10-term congressman, and certainly has more pull with committee assignments than a freshman would.

I have directly worked with leaders in CIA, DIA, NSA and military intelligence; that’s why I maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Past work does not keep a security clearance.  Current work does.  I will assume that Mr. Barnett still works for the Toffler (as in Alvin) Associates “[advising] corporate and government leaders on how to lead their organizations in the information age.”

I can lead the next generation of intelligence investment in Congress – because I understand the professional perspectives of the thousands of Virginians who work in support of the United States Intelligence Community.

I would particularly like to hear Mr. Barnett’s take on the proposed closure of JFCOM in Suffolk.  Mr. Barnett is career military, and might have a valuable perspective on the use of JFCOM for intelligence.  (The Joint Intelligence Lab is at JFCOM, according to Signal Online.)

The bottom line is the same for anyone challenging a sitting congressman — you have to give a reason to ditch the existing one, because he does have seniority for the choice committee assignments, and you have to give voters a reason to vote for you.  I think Mr. Barnett has not done the former, but has done a fair job of the latter, although he could invoke more of his relevant military experience here.