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April 29, 2011
The Obama administration announced this week that CIA Director Leon Panetta will replace Bob Gates as the secretary of Defense. Panetta is a shrewd and well-respected Washington operator who formerly served in Congress as well as in the Clinton White House. He is a known political moderate often credited with a keen, measured management style and a thorough policy mind. It will be a tough duty to replace Gates, who many cite as one of the best Pentagon bosses in recent history. But Panetta is certainly as equipped for the task as anyone on the Democratic roster.