The three-star Army general who has headed the Defense Intelligence Agency for less than two years is being nudged aside amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders elsewhere in the intelligence community, a senior defense official said Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the DIA’s civilian deputy director, David Shedd, announced in a joint statement to the agency’s workforce that they plan to retire by early fall. They made no reference to their reasons.

A senior defense official said Flynn had already been considering retirement but was encouraged to leave early as a result of friction linked in part to Flynn’s aggressive efforts to shake up the way the DIA does business. The official spoke about the circumstances of Flynn’s departure on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal matters.

The official said Shedd’s departure is unrelated to the conflict surrounding Flynn’s leadership.

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