David Howell Petraeus holds B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet. 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. General Petraeus subsequently earned M.P.A. in 1985 and PhD 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 has also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.
General Petraeus served for 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander of, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 2010 to July 2011. His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander of, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 2008, to June 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force in Iraq (MNF-I) from February 2007 to September 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw the coalition forces in Iraq.
In 2011, he was unanimously confirmed as the 4th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by the U.S. Senate. General Petraeus relinquished command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan in July 2011, and retired from the U.S. Army in August 2011. In 2012, he resigned from his position as Director of the CIA.