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.