Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testifies Feb. 4 during a hearing before the House (Select) Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON — The Defense Intelligence Agency’s top two officials said Wednesday they will retire by early fall, a shakeup that Pentagon officials said had been in the works for months.
The DIA director, Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and the agency’s deputy director, David Shedd, announced their plans in a joint statement to the agency’s workforce.
“We are proud of the legacy of sustained superb performance of the thousands of men and women we have served alongside throughout these many years,” they said.
Flynn, a career intelligence officer, has led the DIA since July 2012. Typically, the director’s post rotates among the Army, Navy and Air Force about every three or four years. Flynn’s predecessor, Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., served a little over three years, as did Burgess’ predecessor, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples.
Shedd became deputy director of the DIA in August 2010.
No one has been selected yet to succeed either Flynn or Shedd.