Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, the senior adviser for international cooperation, has left the Pentagon, the Defense Department said.
Why it matters: She became the fifth senior official in seven days to leave or announce her departure from the Pentagon.
The big picture: according to two news outlets, Kaidanow left her post on Dec. 16. On Dec. 12, it was announced that Randall Shriver, the top political figure in Asia, would soon leave his post. A day later, Jimmy Stewart, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, announced that he was resigning.
Stephen Walker, head of the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Advanced Research Projects, will leave in January “for an industry job.”
Earlier Wednesday, the Defense Department confirmed to Military News Agency that Kari Bingen, the top undersecretary of defense for intelligence, will retire next month.
What they’re talking about: A Defense Department spokesman said the Kaidanow official’s service was appreciated and he wished her the best of luck.
U.S. Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Andrews told Defense News that the department is “committed to developing and implementing international cooperative programs and export efforts to advance cooperation with U.S. allies in the research, development, production and support of weapons systems and related equipment.”
“The department will not provide anything on this personnel issue,” Andrews added.