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October 18, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Eight days ago, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel lost his No. 2 as Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter handed in his resignation.

Now, the Pentagon’s press secretary is headed for the exits.

George Little’s last day will be Nov. 15. “One of my immediate goals is to have a Blackberry-free Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in several years,” he said in a statement released Friday. “I will leave having done my best to serve two indispensable national security organizations led by three outstanding public servants:  Secretary Chuck Hagel, Secretary Leon Panetta, and CIA Director Mike Hayden.”

Little has previous private sector experience with Booz Allen Hamilton and IBM. He became chief of media relations at the CIA in April 2007 and worked his way up to director of public relations before heading over to the Pentagon in July 2011 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

That was when Panetta shifted from the CIA over to his job as Defense secretary.

Carter had been among the top picks to replace former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta upon his retirement. After President Obama opted for Hagel instead, Obama personally asked Carter to stay on as Hagel’s No. 2.

Carter’s announcement comes just over a week into the government shutdown and directly after the fiasco in which the Pentagon denied death gratuities to the survivors of fallen soldiers, something Hagel and his staff deemed unavoidable because lawyers had interpreted the broad Pay Our Military Act to not include the benefits.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Why hasn't anyone asked specifically who these "departmental lawyers" are that 'interpreted' KIA veteran's families should be denied benefits that are most often critically needed? They need to be named...if for no other reason than to confirm they actually exist; sadly, these vile, repugnant, anti-American degenerates have sullied the office of the President to the point his 'personal word' is utterly meaningless....not just here at home, but around the world as well.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Interesting on the bailing out at defense. Not sure if it's a good thing or a harbinger of something really bad.
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He must have gotten tired of explaining to the press what Hagel really meant to say. Tough job that! Not to mention even Hagel probably didn't know what he really meant.


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Yep. Time to get out, before he loses his rep trying to defend the indefensible.
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