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January 21, 2014

Dept. of State’s Charlene Lamb Cited For Leadership Failure, Assigned To RSO

Charlene Lamb, cited for failures in leadership from the Department of State’s (DOS) own Accountability Review Board (ARB) report, has been promoted assigned to Regional Security Officer (RSO). We’ve heard rumor that she’s slated for international duty in Canada. She started RSO in-service training last week much to the dismay of many within State.

Lamb formerly served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, and was responsible for managing Diplomatic Security programs that protected all of the Department’s international missions, and personnel from terrorism and other threats.

One US Ambassador, one State Department employee, and two US Navy SEALs/CIA GRS contractors dead in Benghazi, Libya.

All under the watchful eye of Charlene Lamb.

Excerpt from the Senate’s own Benghazi Report (p74 of 85)

According to Mr. Nordstrom, the previous U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Gene Cretz, and his Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Joan Polaschik, traveled to Washington in mid-February 2012 to specifically ask for additional security personnel. 155 in addition to meeting with Ms. Lamb, they met separately with Mr. Kennedy and other senior officials. Yet, when the Libyan mission transmitted its official request for additional security personnel on March 28, 2012, the push back from Ms. Lamb’s office was swift and significant. While the request, which included five temporary duty Diplomatic Security agents in Benghazi, was clearly reasonable, one of Ms. Lamb’s subordinates asked Mr. Nordstrom why the official cable sought “the sun, the moon, and the stars.” When Mr. Nordstrom stated that he did not understand why this was an issue, the response from Ms. Lamb’s office Was telling: “Well, you know, this is a political game. You have to not make us look bad here, that we’re not being responsive.”  In a disturbingly prophetic e-mail to DCM Polaschik following this exchange, Mr. Nordstrom wrote:

I doubt we will ever get [Diplomatic Security] to admit in writing what I was told [in] reference [to] Benghazi that OV[International Programs] was directed by Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamb to cap the agents in Benghazi at 3, and force post to hire local drivers. This is apparently a verbal policy only but one which DSIIP/[Near Eastern Affairs] doesn’t plan to violate. I hope that nobody is injured as a result of an incident in Benghazi, since it would be particularly embarrassing to both DS and DAS [Lamb] if it was a result of some sort of game they are playing.

Regarding Lamb’s RSO Service

This is a gift, State is going out of its way to take care of her. They initially wanted to send her to the Hauge but the rumor was out and they thought better because she would have lived in a castle. In addition RSO Hague is a sensitive position with NATO etc, and our allies would not have approved.

The only way you go to Canada is if you need to be hidden or have a family medical issue that requires you to be close to the US. However in this case she is taking a job that is a downstretch. She currently  holds the rank of MC or the equivalent of a  2 star and is taking a full colonel position. This is usually reserved for people with hardship issues as State is an up or out organization.

Rank and file are pissed and as one put to me, “it shows that as long as you play by the rules with the black dragons you can actually get someone killed and be rewarded”. 

She refuses to leave DS as she has kids in college and is radioactive. No one in the private sector will give them (the DS 3) a look and HC did not come to the rescue with a willing patsy to take her off states hand with a 200k job. Scott Bultrowicz former Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary has told people he would leave in a heart beat but no one will return his calls. He is staying for the pay check. 

The fact of the matter is she should be in a closet and not managing any security anywhere.

-DOS  Anonymous


Photo: Ms. Lamb and Kennedy during Congressional Testimony. Courtesy of Foreign Policy

The problem, as SOFREP has pointed out before, is not that we have four dead American heroes killed in the line of duty. The World is a dangerous place, and bad stuff happens, we get it. The issue is that nothing was done afterwards to hold people accountable or learn from our mistakes in order to reduce risk to other Americans serving in dangerous places.  Instead we’ve seen a well run disinformation campaign that has turned Benghazi into a complete shit show in the media, and has those that should have been held accountable well seated in their game of political musical chairs in Washington.

SOFREP DOS Accountability Snap Shot

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She was responsible for enforcing a top down policy of “normalcy”. By nature this significantly reduced US security posture abroad at all State facilities. Her Chief of Staff also quietly interviewed DOS personnel before they went before the ARB for questioning. What was said in those interviews remains an unknown. Hillary in collusion with favorable media outlets is now prepping the battleground for a 2016 Presidential run.

Undersecretary of Management AKA “Black Dragon” Patrick Kennedy. He is responsible for all Diplomatic Security abroad among other duties. He drove Obama’s/Clinton’s policies. After the Benghazi attack he kept Ambassador Stevens personal laptop and other belongings locked up in his office for approximately thirty days before finally handing it over to the FBI. He is widely disliked by his subordinates, and is a ubiquitous figure when State personnel we’ve interviewed assign blame for what went wrong in Benghazi. Kennedy was also explaining away security failings to the press in 1998 after the US Embassy bombings in Africa. He’s no stranger to the game.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Charlene Lamb. Info provided in this article.


Apparently lack of integrity, negligence, and loyalty are all traits Kennedy looks for in rising star subordinates within the State Department. Charlene Lamb should be the last person to be considered for an RSO position. State’s own ARB report proves this. Her RSO selection reeks, and is proof that the State Department under Patrick Kennedy is in worse shape now then it was before we lost four American heroes in Benghazi.

SOFREP believes that the American public still wields tremendous power in this country. When people have historically spoken out in an unpolarized fashion it scares the shit out of politicians and their bureaucrat lap dogs.  So continue to hold your local elected representatives accountable, hit them with hard questions based on facts not Internet hearsay, and SOFREP will continue to do our part.

Editor’s Note

We occasionally make an error, and when this happens we openly admit it. We originally used the word ‘Promoted’ in the title of this article (“Promoted to RSO”). We have changed this to ‘Assigned’ to more accurately reflect Lamb’s new assignment (“Assigned to RSO”).



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is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is CEO of Force12 Media , a SOFREP contributing editor, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

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  • YankeePapa

    MrCharles13, . ...As promised, article on Infantry during the Indian Wars 1866-1891 on loosely affiliated site... . . ...Detailed answer to your question above will be posted there later today. . -YP-

  • big_hatdance

    Saw this and had to link to it here.

  • YankeePapa

    MrCharles13, . ...Well article here not really the place for this discussion.  In a few days gruntsandco (loosely affiliated site dedicated to Infantry) will run an article of mine on the history of U.S. Infantry 1866-91 (Indian war period...)  I will get back to you when it is up... we will definitely be on topic there.  I will have a fairly long reply to this question once you are there. . ...But for now, let me say that by the time that the big wars on the Plains were over, government planners (many without malice...or even interest) expected the Indian... as such... to vanish from the American scene.  Part of it was the continued high death rate from European diseases (one half-Eskimo brother of my three half-Eskimo step brothers died of measles in Alaska before he could be flown to Barrow in the 1950s...they survived it) Part of it high death rates from other causes on the reservations (including no purpose, no hope...)   ...Some Indians sending (willingly or not) their children to Carlisle and other such schools that misguidedly tried to crush Indian identity and culture out of the children.  It was estimated that fewer and fewer would choose to return to the tribes.  . ...Reservations were accordingly expected to shrink... Long term planning  produced estimates of how long various sections would last.   The American Indian was expected to have no future in America.  . -YP-

  • MrCharles13

    YP,  Could you recommend a book that lays out the government designs in the 1800s on a systematic plan to destroy the Indian Nations.  It is always inferred, but it can't be by mere accident that those Nations are still in a state of flux . I grew up near a Sioux rez. It was a mess then and still is today.  Charlie Mike

  • Kiyabear

    YankeePapaKiyabearMedicSteve2We have gone far off-topic, YP, so I'll end here.  Echoes...YP..there are still echoes.