Confirmation hearings begin for Gen. David Petraeus as next director of the CIA

Confirmation hearings begin today for General David Petraeus to replace Leon Panetta as the next director of the CIA. The following Boston University professors are available to offer expert commentary:

Arthur Hulnick is a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA. He is the author of “Keeping Us Safe: Secret Intelligence” and “Fixing the Spy Machine: Preparing American Intelligence for the 21st Century.” He can be reached at 617-353-8978,

Joseph Wippl is a 30-year CIA veteran. He can be reached at 617-353-8992,