Owen West is stepping down as assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict as of June 22, a defense official told Task and Purpose on Wednesday.
West decided to resign in order to spend more time with his family, said Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Candice Tresch.
When he leaves his post later this month, West will have served just over one year and six months in the role. He'll be replaced by Mark E. Mitchell, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict.
No further information was immediately available about why West decided to leave. West could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
"If we knew exactly, we would put an end to it," he said at the 30th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition. "So, at some level, human failure is going to be a part of any organization, but on another level we have to make sure that we send a message – and I mean a regular message and drumbeat – about how important ethics are as a regular course of business and not be reactive."
U.S. Cyber Command is reportedly going on offense against Russia's power grid by placing "potentially crippling malware" in its systems, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The cyber incursions, authorized to Cyber Command under new authorities that do not require presidential approval, have gotten more "aggressive" and seem to be a warning that the U.S. can respond to Moscow's past cyberattacks, such as the 2016 incursion into the Democratic National Committee and its attack on Ukraine's power grid.
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea.
The Navy has named a female president of the U.S. Naval War College for the first time in its history just days after ousting her predecessor amid allegations of excess spending and inappropriate behavior.