Panetta to be CIA director; Blair DCI

Obama is to name Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, while retired Adm. Dennis Blair, who formerly headed the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command, will be tapped as director of national intelligence.

Panetta is considered an economics expert, but has little or no experience in the intelligence arena.  He is considered a strong organizer, and has been a long time critic of the longterm strategic planning for U.S. Foreign Affairs.

Blair, 61, was a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and attended Oxford University in Britain as a Rhodes scholar at the same time as Clinton. Blair retired from the Navy in 2002. He was the CIA‘s first associate director of military support and served on the National Security Council.  Maybe most famously, Blair also is known in Navy circles for once trying to water-ski behind the destroyer he skippered, the USS Cochrane.