Panetta, Blair Tapped for Spy Posts

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama's reported
choices for the nation's top spy posts are short on direct
intelligence experience.
The choice of retired Admiral Dennis Blair to be national
intelligence director had been expected for weeks. Blair led the
U.S. Pacific Command on 9/11 and was posted at the CIA for about a
year.
Obama's other choice was a surprise. Clinton White House chief
of staff Leon Panetta has been selected to head the CIA.
Several officials say Obama hopes to send a clear signal that
controversial Bush intelligence policies like harsh interrogations
are over.
Panetta has lots of administrative and congressional experience.
But Robert Grenier, a 27-year CIA veteran who now runs a security
consulting company says the lack of intelligence experience puts
Panetta at "a tremendous disadvantage."


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