Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama's New Defense Team

Washington Post: President Obama will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta this week as secretary of defense, replacing Robert M. Gates as part of a series of national security shifts that will also place Afghanistan war commander Gen. David H. Petraeus in the top CIA job, U.S. officials said.

In an announcement planned for Thursday, Obama will also name Ryan C. Crocker, a five-time ambassador who retired in 2009 after wartime service in Iraq, to head the U.S. diplomatic mission in Kabul.

Completing the changes, Marine Lt. Gen. John R. Allen, currently deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command, will take Petreaus’s job in Afghanistan, according to knowledgeable officials not authorized to speak on the record.

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