High ranking generals and admirals earn their stars. They earn their stripes. Then, they earn their cash. New research by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) found 70% of the 108 three-and-four star generals and admirals who retired between 2009 and 2011 took jobs with defense contractor or consultants. In at least a few cases, the retirees have continued to advise the Department of Defense while on the payroll of defense contractors, suggesting the Pentagon may not always be receiving unbiased counsel.
A Boston Globe investigation revealed the number of retired three-and-four star generals and admirals moving into lucrative defense industry jobs rose from less than 50% between 1994 and 1998 to a stratospheric 80% between 2004 and 2008.
Phi Beta Iota: The bloat at the “executive” level across all Cabinet departments and all service — but especially in defense and intelligence — is a root problem. As Secretary John Lehman has observed on more than one occasion, a good start on fixing the Pentagon would be to cut half or more of the flag and senior executives, to which we would add, and also ban them from employment in the industries that received contracts from them in their final decade of “service.”