DOD undersecretary Cambone to resign

Three years after becoming the Defense Department's first undersecretary of intelligence, Stephen A. Cambone has announced he plans to resign at the end of the month.

Cambone was in charge of oversight and provided policy, program and budgetary guidance to the DOD intelligence agencies. He also provided oversight to the military services' intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and space programs.

'It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve the incredible men and women of our armed forces, the secretary of defense and the president's national security team during the past several years,' Cambone said in a Pentagon press release.

He added he had no immediate plans yet, but looks forward to spending more time with his family.

Cambone previously worked as the director of program analysis and evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also once served as the principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy and director of research at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.

When he first took over as the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence on March 7, 2003, Cambone said he would push the intelligence agencies to better share information across the entire Defense Department to avoid tragic surprises like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The office has roughly 100 employees. It was unclear who would replace Cambone in the top post.

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