Pentagon Has Lost Four Officials Within The Span Of Just One Week

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The four departures only add to numerous empty positions at the Department of Defense.

Another top Defense Department official will leave the Pentagon in the near future, marking the fourth in just a week to announce their resignation, according to The Hill.

Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Kari Bingen reportedly resigned her post earlier this month, and Bingen’s last day will be January 10.

"The department's commitment to providing unmatched intelligence as we implement the National Defense Strategy remains unwavering. We appreciate her service to the department and wish her continued success in the next chapter of her life," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Uriah Orland said in a statement confirming Bingen’s resignation.

Bingen was the House Armed Services Committee’s policy director for four years before taking her role at the Pentagon in May 2017, the publication reported, and was the Defense Department’s No. 2 intelligence official.

Three other officials announced they would step down in the past six days: top Asia policy official Randall Schriver; top official in charge of personnel and readiness Jimmy Stewart; and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency leader Steven Walker.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the departures are nothing out of the ordinary and part of a “normal rotation.”

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