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Petraeus and Panetta in line for new jobs

By Laurie Bennett

April 27, 2011 at 9:36am

The reported rearrangement of top security jobs in the Obama administration would further tighten an already tight-knit group with extensive experience in Middle East conflicts.

President Obama is expected to name current CIA Director Leon Panetta as defense secretary, a vacancy created by the pending retirement of Robert Gates.

David Petraeus
David Petraeus

David Petraeus, current commander of international forces in Afghanistan and former commander of multi-national forces in Iraq, would take over direction of the CIA.

Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and to Pakistan, is in line to become ambassador to Afghanistan, where he worked with Petraeus during the George W. Bush administration.

Panetta, a former congressman, OMB director and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, was a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that called for withdrawal of troops.

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