Under secretary of defense for intelligence to retire

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers will retire in April after approximately four decades in intelligence and national security. | Courtesy of the Department of Defense
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers will retire at the end of April, the Department of Defense (DOD) said on Thursday.

Vickers has worked in the federal government for approximately 40 years in intelligence and national security. Before working with the DOD, Vickers was a U.S. Army Special Forces officer and also had served as a Central Intelligence Agency officer.

In the DOD, Vickers served as the assistant secretary of defense for special operations, low-intensity and interdependent capabilities, between 2007 and 2011. He was named acting under secretary of defense for intelligence until March 2011, when he was named as a permanent replacement.

"Mike has served four secretaries of defense with distinction, and I have had the privilege of working closely with him on some of the toughest challenges to our national security," Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. "On behalf of all the men and women of the Defense Department, I thank Mike for his dedication to our mission, and for his many years of service to our country.”

Vickers expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the DOD and intelligence communities.

“I am honored to have been able to help Presidents (George W. Bush) and Obama -- as well as our Defense Secretaries (Robert) Gates, (Leon) Panetta, (Chuck) Hagel and Carter, and (Director of National Intelligence, James) Clapper -- strengthen our national security,” Vickers said.

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