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McMILITARY Industrial Complex -Defense contractors hiring retired generals

 
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McMILITARY Industrial Complex -Defense contractors hiring retired generals
This is the Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned us about.

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‘Rent-a-general’ business blurs lines between Pentagon, corporations



The practice of defense contractors hiring retired generals has become so common as to have blurred the lines between the Pentagon and the defense industry, an investigative report by the Boston Globe has found.

According to the Globe's Bryan Bender, 80 percent of three- and four-star generals who retired between 2004 and 2008 went on to work in the defense industry, often in roles that require direct contact with the Pentagon. In 2007, it was almost a "clean sweep," with 90 percent of retiring generals heading almost immediately into the business.

The investigative report found that:

* Dozens of retired generals employed by defense firms maintain Pentagon advisory roles, giving them unparalleled levels of influence and access to inside information on Department of Defense procurement plans.

* The generals are, in many cases, recruited for private sector roles well before they retire, raising questions about their independence and judgment while still in uniform. The Pentagon is aware and even supports this practice.

* The feeder system from some commands to certain defense firms is so powerful that successive generations of commanders have been hired by the same firms or into the same field. For example, the last seven generals and admirals who worked as Department of Defense gatekeepers for international arms sales are now helping military contractors sell weapons and defense technology overseas.

* When a general-turned-businessman arrives at the Pentagon, he is often treated with extraordinary deference — as if still in uniform — which can greatly increase his effectiveness as a rainmaker for industry.
The military even has name for it — the “bobblehead effect.’’

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Re: McMILITARY Industrial Complex -Defense contractors hiring retired generals
This has been a common practice for a very long time.
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Re: McMILITARY Industrial Complex -Defense contractors hiring retired generals
This has been a common practice for a very long time.
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Yeah - but I didn't realize it was on this scale.
Looks like it's basically a revolving door now....
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Re: McMILITARY Industrial Complex -Defense contractors hiring retired generals
Same with the FDA, FCC, DHS, and every other alphabet agency. They all are run by former officials now turned corporate..
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Same with the FDA, FCC, DHS, and every other alphabet agency. They all are run by former officials now turned corporate..
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Yeah - but I didn't realize it was on this scale.
Looks like it's basically a revolving door now....
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It always was I saw it when worked at the five sided fun house.

One day you would see an Admiral or General walking down a hall and a few days late they are walking the same halls in suits dealing with the same people. I have worked with people who still insist on treating these people like they still hold rank. I had someone flip out on me when I called a former admiral by his first name, the admiral was kool with it because we were friends outside of work too.
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putin
Yeah - but I didn't realize it was on this scale.
Looks like it's basically a revolving door now....


It always was I saw it when worked at the five sided fun house.

One day you would see an Admiral or General walking down a hall and a few days late they are walking the same halls in suits dealing with the same people. I have worked with people who still insist on treating these people like they still hold rank. I had someone flip out on me when I called a former admiral by his first name, the admiral was kool with it because we were friends outside of work too.
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Wow - you worked there! My 'friends' never cease to amaze me on here. haha

Yeah - the phrase 'conflict of interest' comes to mind...but it's smart marketing for the defense industry....to get the peeps who can really push the weapons....

Thanx for sharing that.
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