Obama picks Panetta for defense, Petraeus for CIA.

President Barack Obama will name CIA Director Leon Panetta as…

President Barack Obama will name CIA Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary and Gen. David Petraeus to replace Panetta at the spy agency in the most extensive reshaping of the administration’s national security team to date, officials said Wednesday.

Rounding out the reshuffling, Obama will nominate Lt. Gen. John Allen to replace Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. official said, and will nominate longtime diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, sources said.

In addition to Gates retiring, the president will need replacements for Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and FBI Director Robert Mueller. Both of their terms are expiring, and they are not eligible for renomination.

Source: CNN

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