Brennan Can Build Political Bridges Between White House and CIA

The president's nominee for CIA director has unique experience in and out of Washington, experts say.

Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, above, has been chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
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As for who will fill Brennan's shoes as chief counterterrorism advisor to Obama, Cressey believes Morell may step in. That one-for-one exchange is an "obvious switch," he says, particularly after Morell has been working closely with Obama.

"That job requires coordination and implementation. You need somebody from in-house," he says. "[Obama has] a Chuck Hagel from the outside perspective. He's got John Kerry coming in as Secretary as State. You've got two senators with outside perspective. That's plenty."

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