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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 377-07

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Security Affairs to Retire


Richard P. Lawless, the deputy under secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, has elected to retire from the U. S. government in July 2007 after 4 ½ years of distinguished service in the office of the secretary of defense.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve the nation in a time of war in the face of multiple challenges, and to have been able to do so in the company of truly selfless patriots,” Lawless said.

Decisions regarding the exact date of his departure and his successor will be announced at a later date.

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