Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III says he plans to step down. (Department of Defense)Less than a week after Leon Panetta started as Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon's low-profile number 2, Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn, says he plans to step down from the job, but has agreed to stay on until a successor is appointed, the Associated Press' Robert Burns reports:
Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said in an Associated Press interview that he told Panetta last Friday, on Panetta's first day as Pentagon chief, that he planned to resign for personal reasons.
"I thought this was a logical point for me to depart the Pentagon," Lynn said during the interview in his office.
He said he told Panetta that he would be best served by having a deputy who was willing to stay at least through President Barack Obama's first term, which ends in January 2013. ...
Lynn said he was leaving for "personal, family reasons," and wanted to spend more time with his children. He said it had nothing to do with Obama's choice of CIA director Panetta to succeed Robert Gates. Lynn said he knew Panetta only slightly from periodic contact while both served in the Clinton administration. [...]Read More »from No. 2 Defense official to step down