Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England said today that he will not be staying with Secretary Gates in the Obama Administration. I congratulate President-Elect Obama for retaining Bob Gates as secretary, and I salute Bob Gates for his continued commitment, England said.However, its time for me to leave. When I came into government in early 2001, I anticipated serving for two to four years. After almost eight years, its now time for me to turn over the reins to a successor. Also, its most appropriate for the new administration to name its own deputy.England said he will stay for some time past Jan. 20, if requested, to assure a smooth transition.England added, Its been an astonishing time to serve the nation under President Bush and alongside Secretaries Don Rumsfeld and Bob Gates, each of whom I greatly admire. I thank the brave men and women of our military, and their families, for their service and sacrifice, and for the honor of serving them.Aside: Probably a fair share of celebrating over at Lockheed right now (and not just because they landed a ginormous satellite contract), England was one of the staunchest opponents of the F-22.--John Noonan
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