Saturday, January 22, 2011

Military mentors quit over new Pentagon rules for pay disclosure.

Incredible that they would rather put our country at risk than disclose their possible conflicts of interest with private defense companies. From Army Times:
Seven retired admirals and generals hired by the military as consultants will end their advisory roles rather than comply with new regulations requiring them to divulge outside income to avoid a conflict of interest.

The former officers are among 158 Pentagon retirees known as “senior mentors” who have been identified stories as getting as much as $440 an hour to offer advice on war plans and weapons systems.

A USA Today investigation found that 80 percent of the mentors had financial ties to defense contractors that they were not required to reveal to the public.

The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force have used the services of about 30 senior mentors. Most of the other mentors advise Pentagon departments that do not fall under the main service branches.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said that seven senior mentors declined this month to file financial disclosure forms and bowed out of the mentors program because they said the requirement is too intrusive.

“We don’t think the requirements are onerous,” Whitman said. “These are appropriate salary caps as well as necessary transparency.”

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