CIA Director William Burns has named a 30-year agency veteran David Marlowe to be the next Deputy Director of Operations. Marlowe will lead the Directorate of Operations which is at the heart of what the CIA does. It conducts espionage, including human and technical intelligence, as well as covert and paramilitary operations.

David Marlowe is a long-time veteran intelligence officer. He has served overseas as the senior Central Intelligence Agency station chief, “in several of the largest and most complex environments, including war zones,” a CIA spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal.

Marlowe will run one of the most storied and often mythicized CIA branches. Officers within the Directorate of Operations are tasked with recruiting foreign agents and running covert operations sanctioned by the executive branch, as well as the Special Activities Center which coordinates paramilitary operations with the U.S. Special Operations Command.

His appointment does not require congressional confirmation.