The Ticker: Smith, Ratigan, FBN…

By Chris Ariens 

> Dorrance Smith, former EP of ABC’s This Week has resigned his Pentagon post. AFP reports Smith told his staff this week he’d be leaving around the end of the month. Smith has been Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs since Jan. 2006.

> CNBC’s Dylan Ratigan is going on tour: “The Cradle of Innovation Tour.” Ratigan is taking Fast Money to the Computer History Museum (yes, there is one) in San Jose this Friday. Fast Money now airs at 5pmET.

> The NY Observer‘s Felix Gillette writes that big government is enemy number one for FBN. Throughout FBN’s first day “the big bad faceless Feds remained the most reliable targets.”