Pentagon Official To Resign info
December 2, 2006
Stephen A. Cambone, the Pentagon's top intelligence official and a close ally of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, will step down at the end of the year, the first key department member to leave in the wake of Rumsfeld's resignation.
The Pentagon's intelligence-gathering came under fire during Cambone's tenure as undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Critics accused the Defense Department of trying to take expanded control over the nation's intelligence activities.
Cambone was in charge of intelligence when it was disclosed a year ago that a Pentagon database of suspicious activities contained the names of antiwar groups that had been found not to be security risks. Cambone ordered a review of the program.
Former CIA director Robert M. Gates, who has been nominated to replace Rumsfeld, did not request Cambone's resignation, a Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Todd Vician, said yesterday.