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.