(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Secretary of Defense Robert Gates when he steps down, ABC News has learned.
Panetta has been widely suggested to succeed Gates, who has said he plans to retire sometime later this year. The exact date of Gates' departure is not yet known.
The president will also nominate Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to fill Panetta's shoes as the CIA chief.
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