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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cambone expected to resign in December

This is apparently old news, but I missed it until now. If you recall, Cambone and his assistant Butch Willard were both involved in retaliation against LTC Shaffer.

Exodus of senior Pentagon officials expected

The exodus will not include Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, who was asked by Gates last week to remain at his post as the Pentagon’s chief operating officer.

But sources said others who will be leaving include Stephen Cambone, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence; Kenneth Krieg, the undersecretary for acquisitions; Christopher “Ryan” Henry, the principal deputy undersecretary for policy; Tina Jonas, the Pentagon’s comptroller; Dorrance Smith, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman; and possibly Richard Lawless, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international affairs.

“Most of these folks will resign before Gates comes in,” said one former defense official who has spoken to some of the departing officials.

A Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Karen Finn, could not confirm any of the departures.

Some of these wanted to leave months ago, but were persuaded by Rumsfeld to stay, the former official said. Although their close association with Rumsfeld is likely to be seen as the prime reason for leaving, many senior executives are exhausted with the long hours and work, the former official said.

“Cambone is Rumsfeld’s man, but he has one daughter whom he barely sees,” the former official said. “He would have left earlier if Rumsfeld had quit earlier.”

An Exodus of Hawks Follows Rumsfeld from the Pentagon

Two administration officials said yesterday that the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Stephen Cambone, was also looking to leave the Pentagon. Mr. Cambone is likely to face a subpoena from congressional Democrats looking to investigate his role in the drafting of interrogation policies.