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Top 2 Pentagon intelligence officials abruptly quit

Top 2 Pentagon intelligence officials abruptly quit

WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, after what current and former officials said were clashes with his boss and other opponents inside the Pentagon spy service. Flynn’s deputy, David R. Shedd, is also retiring, according to a statement from the agency. The agency collects and analyzes foreign intelligence to support the U.S. military. The better-known CIA is a civilian agency that reports to the president. A senior Defense official said Flynn, who took over the agency in July 2012, clashed repeatedly with his superior, Michael Vickers, the Pentagon’s undersecretary for intelligence. “He was trying to take DIA in a direction the rest of the department didn’t want to go,” the official said. A former agency official and Flynn supporter said Flynn was undermined by an “old guard” at the ...

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