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David Petraeus

Former Director, US Central Intelligence

Former 4-Star General, US Army; Commander, US Central Command

Graduate: MPA, Princeton University


General David Petraeus was Director of the CIA from June 2011 through November 2012, after a distinguished career in the US Army.

He was the Commanding General of the U.S. National Forces in Afghanistan as well as the Multi-National Force in Iraq. Prior to this assignment he served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center.

He also served as the NATO Stabilization Force Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force in Bosnia, and the Chief of Staff to the United Nations command in Haiti.

Petraeus received a Masters in Public Affairs in 1985 and a PhD in international relations in 1987, both from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He graduated from West Point in 1974.



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