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Director of Defense Intelligence Agency Retires

Lieutenant General Mike Flynn
Lieutenant General Mike Flynn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and his deputy both announced on Wednesday they planned to retire this year, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Lieutenant General Mike Flynn and his deputy, David Shedd, announced the decision in a memorandum to the agency's work force, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

He gave no explanation for their departure. The Washington Post said Flynn was leaving more than a year before he was scheduled to depart amid clashes over his leadership style.

Kirby said plans for replacements for Flynn and Shedd would be announced later.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement that Flynn earned a reputation throughout his career "as a dedicated visionary who pushed the intelligence enterprise to anticipate and prepare for the threat environment of the future."

(Reporting by David Alexander and Mark Hosenball; Editing by David Storey, James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney)

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