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January 13, 2011
Retired generals & admirals double dipping big time
Dina Rasor, Truthout – From 2004 through 2008, 80 percent of retiring three- and four-star officers went to work as consultants or defense executives, according to [a Boston] Globe analysis. That compares with less than 50 percent who followed that path a decade earlier, from 1994 to 1998.
In some years, the move from general staff to industry is a virtual clean sweep. Thirty-four out of 39 three- and four-star generals and admirals who retired in 2007 are now working in defense roles – nearly 90 percent.
In addition to these disturbing facts, the Pentagon started a “Senior Mentor” program where generals who had retired from military service had been hired back as consultants to offer advice to their colleagues. USA Today did an expose on that program in late 2009 and “identified 158 mentors and found that 80% had ties to the defense industry.”
So, these generals, who retire at full pay which ranges from about $100,000 to $200,000 a year and generous benefits including health care, were pulling down large salaries from a defense contractor to lobby and pressure their former colleagues (these defense contractors then bill the Department of Defense for their salary) and the Department of Defense was hiring them back as mentor consultants making double or more money than their general’s salary (which they still also received).
To give you an idea of how much a general pulls in salary from a defense contractor after they retire, the USA Today article found that in 2008, retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni made $946,000 from DoD contractor DynCorp along with a $129,000 in retirement pay. It is unknown exactly how much he made in the mentor program, but the Joint Forces Command said in a statement to USA Today that a three-star general (Zinni had four stars) made about $1,600 a day plus expenses.