Director, Central Intelligence Agency

David H. Petraeus

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Pincus, Walter. "Petraeus Calls CIA a 'Bargain' at Confirmation Hearing." Washington Post, 23 Jun. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

At his confirmation hearing on 23 June 2011 to be CIA director, "Gen. David H. Petraeus called the CIA the 'best bargain' the country gets." The general said "that, contrary to reports, he wants the CIA directorship and has told others he hopes to be in the position for a long time." Petraeus also "raised a subject of great concern to the intelligence community: the continuing criminal investigations associated with detainee deaths and the harsh interrogation methods undertaken by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration. Petraeus said that it is time to stop 'looking in the rearview mirror' and that the nation should consider the mood in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

CNN. "Petraeus Confirmed by Senate Unanimously as New CIA Director." 30 Jun. 2011. [http://www.cnn.com]

On 30 June 2011, Gen. David Petraeus won unanimous Senate confirmation to succeed Leon Panetta as DCIA. He "has said he will retire from the military before assuming his new post later this year. For now, he will continue overseeing the Afghanistan mission during the first phase of troop withdrawals beginning next month."

Dozier, Kimberly. "Four-Star Petraeus Becomes Spymaster Petraeus, Sworn in as 20th Director of CIA." Associated Press, 6 Sep. 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]

David Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on 6 September 2011 by Vice President Joe Biden.

Dozier, Kimberly. "General-Turned-Spy-Chief Gives Military Greater Role in CIA Analysis of Afghan War." Associated Press, 14 Oct. 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]

According to U.S. officials, D/CIA David Petraeus "has ordered his intelligence analysts to give greater weight to the opinions of troops in the fight.... CIA analysts now will consult with battlefield commanders earlier in the process as they help create elements of a National Intelligence Estimate on the course of the war, to more fully include the military's take on the conflict.... Critics of the change say allowing the military more pushback will have a chilling effect on the analysts' ability to give the war a failing grade, a senior intelligence official said."

Bennett, John T. "Going Dark: As CIA Boss, Petraeus Is Less Visible -- By Design." U.S.News & World Report, 11 May 2012. [http://www.usnews.com]

"Gen. David Petraeus was one of the U.S. military's most-visible leaders from 2007 until 2011, a span during which he commanded U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also headed the U.S. Central Command. But CIA Director Petraeus has largely gone dark -- and, like most things with the decorated war commander, that is very much a calculated change."

Ignatius, David. "David Petraeus's First Year at the CIA." Washington Post, 1 Jun. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In his first year, CIA Director David "Petraeus's transition has sometimes been bumpy, as the CIA's finicky workforce struggled to adapt to its new director." But one senior administration official "says Petraeus gets high marks from the White House.... The bottom line is performance, and here Petraeus gets good marks both from his senior colleagues and the administration.... The former general is relentless in pushing for action, and some subordinates have chafed at this pressure."

Miller, Greg, and Sari Horwitz. "David Petraeus Resigns as CIA Director." Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"CIA Director David H. Petraeus resigned [on 9 November 2012] and admitted to having an extramarital affair." Officials said "Michael J. Morell, who served as Petraeus's deputy at the CIA, will serve as interim director." See also, Michael D. Shear, "Petraeus Quits; Evidence of Affair Was Found by F.B.I.," New York Times, 9 Nov. 2012.

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