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David Petraeus Facts

Former military officer and public official

  • David Howell Petraeus served as Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011.
  • He resigned on November 9, 2012.
  • He was a four-star general serving over 37 years in the United States Army.
  • He has a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet (top 5% of his class).
  • He was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 1983.
  • He subsequently earned an M.P.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree in International Relations in 1987 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
  • He later served as Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy and also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.
  • President Barack Obama nominated Petraeus to succeed General Stanley McChrystal as commanding general of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
  • He resigned from his position as Director of the CIA, citing an extramarital affair that was reportedly discovered in the course of an FBI investigation.
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