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Pentagon's first female policy chief quitting
Pentagon's first female policy chief stepping down to 'rebalance' her personal life
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Michele Flournoy ("floor-noy"), the most senior female Pentagon official in history, is stepping down.

In an Associated Press interview Monday before the decision was announced, Flournoy said that after three years as the top policy adviser to the secretary of defense she is quitting to spend more time with her family.

Flournoy, who turns 51 on Wednesday, has children age 14, 12 and 9. Her husband, W. Scott Gould, is deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In the interview in her Pentagon office, Flournoy said she will leave in February and intends to support President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, possibly as an informal adviser on national security issues.

The administration hopes to have a successor confirmed by the Senate before she leaves.

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