Major changes are coming to the administration’s military and security leadership. CIA Director Leon Panetta will replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates. General David Petraeus will replace Panetta at the CIA. And Lieutenant General John Allen, who commanded troops in Iraq, will take over Petraeus’ slot to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. First we asked Associated Press White House Correspondent Mark Smith whether any of these appointments were head-scratchers. Then we spoke with WFED National Security Correspondent JJ Green about why the changes were being made, and about the challenges facing the new team.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.