CASHING IN ON PAYOLA

April 5 2010
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From USA Today………………………..Six months after Marine Lt. Gen. Gary McKissock retired in 2002, he did what many other ex-military leaders do: He joined the board of directors of a defense contractor, a company doing business with his former service.
McKissock also had a second job. The Marines brought him back as an adviser, at double the rate of pay he made on active duty. Since 2005, the Marines have awarded McKissock contracts worth $1.2 million, in addition to his military pension of about $119,000 a year.

McKissock is one of at least 158 retired admirals and generals the Pentagon has hired to offer advice under an unusual arrangement. Most of the retired officers, one to four stars in rank, have been paid hundreds of dollars an hour by the military even as they worked for companies seeking Defense Department contracts, a USA TODAY investigation found. That’s in addition to pensions of $100,000 to $200,000 a year for officers with 30 or more years of service.

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A partial list of the 158 military officers who are soon to be millionaires.

Brig. Gen. Neal T. Robinson Air Force Independent defense consultant.

Maj. Gen. Timothy J. McMahon Air Force Executive, Northrop Grumman.

Brig. Gen. James E. Miller Air Force Consultant, Burdeshaw Associates, “a full-spectrum, senior consulting and professional services firm, consisting of former senior military officers with unparalleled knowledge, experience and insight”; board of advisers, Fortress Technologies.

Maj. Gen. Felix Dupre Air Force Consultant, Durango Group, a defense consulting firm whose website says it “reaches across public and private sectors with strategic vision, technology application, experience and political savvy to address our clients’ strategic issues”; consultant, Camber.

Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Gallagher Air Force Consultant, Spectrum Group, a defense consulting firm whose website says it “maintain(s) relationships with powerful and influential individuals at the highest levels of governments, business and the military.”

Maj. Gen. Richard A. Platt Air Force Independent defense consultant.

Brig. Gen. Rebecca Halstead Army Executive director, Praevius Group, a defense consulting firm.

Lt. Gen. Leslie Kenne Air Force Board of directors, Unisys, Harris Corp. and SRI International; president, LK Associates, a consulting firm; member of the advisory board, Americom Government Services, Ecosphere Technologies, CACI, Right Hemisphere, Isilon Systems.

Lt. Gen. Richard “Dick” Scofield Air Force Consultant, Dayton Aerospace, a defense consulting firm that boasts on its website of its ability to help win military contracts; former director, Coherent Technologies.

Lt. Gen. Michael E. Zettler Air Force Consultant, Durango Group; former executive, SI International, LogTec.

Lt. Gen. Donald LaMontagne Air Force Independent defense consultant.

Gen. James P. McCarthy Air Force Former board of directors, EADS North America, ISX and NAVSYS.

Gen. John W. Handy Air Force Board of directors, American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier, American Auto Logistics and Alien Technology.

Gen. Donald G. Cook Air Force Board of directors, Crane Co., Hawker Beechcraft.

Gen. Larry D. Welch Air Force President, Institute for Defense Analyses, a military-funded non-profit that does defense research.

Gen. Michael E. Ryan Air Force Independent defense consultant, Ryan Associates; board of directors, CAE, Circadence.

Brig. Gen. Terry J. Schwalier Air Force Former consultant, Burdeshaw Associates.

Brig. Gen. Raymond Shulstad Air Force Consultant, Dayton Aerospace; former executive, MITRE, Northrop Grumman.

Gen. John Abizaid Army Joint Forces Command Consultant, JPA Partners, Star Strategies; board of directors, RPM International.

Lt. Gen. John R. Wood Army Joint Forces Command Consultant, Star Strategies; board of directors, Orbcomm.

Gen. Leon LaPorte Army Consultant, LaPorte & Associates; board of advisers, McLane Advanced Technologies, Lee International Law Group, Doran Capital Partners, Poongsan Industries, Agility Logistics.

Brig. Gen. Gary M. Jones Army Special Operations Command Executive, Gryphon Group; former executive, Saffron Technology, Performance Materials.

Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson Marines Assistant secretary of Defense; former independent defense consultant.

Gen. Thomas Morgan Marines Consultant, Defense Group.

Gen. Joseph Hoar Marines Board of trustees, CNA, a non-profit military think tank that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research.

Gen. Michael Williams Marines Board of directors, CAE USA.

Gen. William L. Nyland Marines Joint Forces Command Board of directors, Gyrocam Systems and FreeLinc.

Vice Adm. Douglas Katz Navy Navy Board of directors, CAE USA.

Vice Adm. James W. Metzger Navy Air Force Executive, SAIC.

Rear Adm. Thomas Steffens Navy Executive, FLIR Systems.

Rear Adm. Rand Fisher Navy Executive, Aerospace.

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