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National Security Team: Are the Lines Blurred Between Soldiers and Spies?

Friday, April 29, 2011

President Obama announced a reshuffling of his national security team yesterday, appointing CIA director Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense, and General David Petraeus as head of the CIA. Are these appointments a sign that there is a blurred line between the country's soldiers and spies? Loch Johnson, regents professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia and 28-year-CIA veteran, speaks with us. 

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The Takeaway

President Obama Shuffles National Security Team

Thursday, April 28, 2011

President Obama is expected to announce this week new appointments for top posts in his national security team. Leon Panetta, the current director of central intelligence, will be named as defense secretary. General David Petraeus, who is currently the top commander in Afghanistan, is expected to be named as director of the CIA. These announcements come as Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans on stepping down from his post this summer. We talk with Mark Landler, reporter for our partner The New York Times, to help preview Obama's new national security team.

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The Takeaway

Obama to Name CIA Director Panetta as Defense Secretary

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Associated Press reports this morning that President Obama will name current CIA director Leon Panetta as the replacement for Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He'd also make General David Patreaeus Panetta's replacement at the CIA. The changes are expected to take effect this summer, after a Senate confirmation. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times speaks with us about this news.

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WNYC News

Thomas Ricks: Behind General David Petraeus's Gamble

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his book, The Gamble, which takes an in-depth look at General Petraeus's surge strategy and the the Iraq War from 2005 on.

You can listen to Lopate and Ricks's complete conversation ...

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