The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to approve retired Adm. Dennis Blair as the new national intelligence director.
That's the word from committee spokesman Philip LaVelle. It was a closed hearing.
The full Senate is expected to confirm Blair later today by a wide margin.
He would be President Barack Obama's top intelligence adviser, overseeing a budget of nearly $50 billion across 16 intelligence agencies.
Blair would replace Michael McConnell who resigned the post Tuesday after nearly two years in the job.