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Replacing David Petraeus: 6 candidates to be the next CIA director
Who should President Obama choose to fill Petraeus' shoes? The decision could have enormous consequences for the CIA's growing role in the war on terror
 
Replacing David Petraeus: 6 candidates to be the next CIA director Sean Gallup/Getty Images

With the unexpected resignation of David Petraeus as director of the CIA, President Obama faces the task of finding a replacement. Petraeus' successor will helm the agency at a time when its role in protecting national security has been significantly enlarged, thanks to the Obama administration's heavy reliance on CIA-operated drones to target suspected terrorist safe havens. Here, a guide to the contenders:

 

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