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27 January 2005

Pentagon Under Secretary Feith to Leave Post

Played key role in development of U.S. national security policy

Douglas J. Feith, under secretary of defense for policy, announced January 26 that he would leave his position at the Department of Defense this summer.

In a news release from the department, it was noted that Feith has played a major role in developing strategy for many of the Pentagon’s key initiatives during the Bush administration.

Secretary Donald Rumsfeld praised him for contributing to the security of the United States and said he will be missed.

Following is the Pentagon’s news release:

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U.S. Department of Defense [DoD]
News Release
January 26, 2005

DoD Announces Departure of Undersecretary Douglas Feith

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith announced today that he would leave his position this summer.  As he has informed Secretary Rumsfeld, Mr. Feith made his decision for personal and family reasons.

Managing an organization of approximately 1,500 persons, Mr. Feith also represents the Department in interagency policy making on national security affairs.

Under Mr. Feith's leadership, the Defense Department's policy organization has developed a number of key initiatives relative to the Department's future, including:

-- defense policy advice in the global war on terror;

-- development of a new U.S. global defense posture;

-- global peace operations;

-- policy guidance to the 21st century defense strategy;

-- Defense Department aspects of the Moscow Treaty on strategic offensive nuclear weapons and the 2002 Nuclear Posture Review; and

-- Defense Department work on the enlargement and reform of NATO.

Commenting on Mr. Feith’s planned departure, Secretary Rumsfeld said, “Doug Feith has contributed to the security of the country.  He is creative, well organized, and energetic, and he has earned the respect of civilian and military leaders across the government.  Regretfully, he has decided to depart, and he will be missed.”

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