Officials: Obama to shuffle national security team

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Posted: Apr 28, 2011 6:18 AM
Officials: Obama to shuffle national security team

The White House says President Barack Obama will make personnel announcements Thursday, and officials tell The Associated Press the president will unveil a major shuffling of his national security team.

Obama is expected to say CIA Director Leon Panetta will move to the Pentagon to replace Robert Gates, who officials say plans to retire June 30. Obama also is expected to announce that Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will take over the CIA job. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of Obama's announcement, and the appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Earlier Thursday, Obama meets with a group of influential Hispanics about changing the nation's immigration system. Later in the afternoon, he meets Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli. The two will hold a news conference afterward.