Report: Petraeus 'seriously considered' for CIA director

Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, is under consideration to become the next CIA director, according to a report.

NPR reported Monday evening that several insiders say that Petraeus is being "seriously" considered for the key intelligence post.

Under the proposed plan, CIA Director Leon Panetta could also move over to the Pentagon to serve as the next Defense secretary.

He would replace Robert Gates, who wants to step down at the end of the year after serving in the Bush and Obama administrations.

The speculation comes amid rumors of a looming shakeup among senior U.S. defense officials.

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