Acting US Navy Undersecretary Robert Martinage, the department’s No. 2, has resigned under pressure, sources confirmed for Defense News.
Martinage, whose permanent position had been deputy Navy undersecretary for plans, policy, oversight and integration, had been performing the duties of the undersecretary since Robert Work resigned last May to take a position with the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank.
The Navy in a statement said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus asked for Martinage to resign “following a loss of confidence in Martinage’s abilities to effective perform his duties.”
The resignation took many in the Navy Department by surprise, and reportedly came swiftly after Martinage was confronted by investigatory evidence.
Martinage, who has held several positions in the Pentagon, had been a long-time analyst and war gamer with Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, specializing in special operations and irregular warfare.
Full article: US Navy’s Acting No. 2 Official Forced Out (Defense News)