Apr 28 - President Barack Obama named CIA Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates at the Pentagon, with Gen. David Petraeus chosen to succeed Panetta at the CIA. Jon Decker reports.
In a major restructuring of his national security team, U.S. President Barack Obama nominated CIA director Leon Panetta to be his next defense secretary --replacing retiring Pentagon chief Robert Gates. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying (English): "Just as Leon earned the trust and respect of our intelligence professionals at the CIA by listening to them and fighting fiercely on their behalf, I know he'll do the same for our armed forces and their families." Replacing Panetta at the CIA will be General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying (English): "He understands that staying ahead of nimble adversaries requires sharing and coordinating information including with my Director of National Intelligence, Jim Clapper. And even as he and the CIA confront a full range of threats, David's extraordinary knowledge of the Middle East and Afghanistan uniquely positions him to lead the Agency in its effort to defeat al Qaeda." The President also named a replacement for Petraeus and a new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-- moves that represent the biggest shakeup of his security team since he took office almost 2 and a half years ago. Jon Decker, Reuters.