Washington: President Barack Obama is heralding a major reshuffling of his war and intelligence team as the right move to protect the nation’s security interests.
The president announced four major personnel changes, formalising news that had spilled out about two days earlier.
Obama announced today that CIA Director Leon Panetta will replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates when Gates makes his long-planned exit this summer.
Gen David Petraeus, the high-profile commander of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will replace Panetta at the CIA in the autumn, after helping to manage the first steps of a reduction of US troops in Afghanistan.
Petraeus’ job will be filled by Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, the deputy commander of US Central Command. Diplomat Ryan Crocker is being installed as US ambassador in Afghanistan. Agencies