Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Top military brass to hear review of 'mentors' program (ret. military officer as paid consultants)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:06 AM
Original message
Top military brass to hear review of 'mentors' program (ret. military officer as paid consultants)
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 04:08 AM by maddezmom
Source: USA Today

Top military brass to hear review of 'mentors' program

By Tom Vanden Brook and Ken Dilanian, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Robert Gates' top deputy will brief the Joint Chiefs of Staff today on his recommendations to regulate the Pentagon's practice of hiring retired senior officers to advise the military, Gates' spokesman said.
Gates ordered Deputy Secretary William Lynn in December to review the military's practice of paying retired officers hundreds of dollars an hour to act as "senior mentors," helping run war games and advising active-duty officers.

Lynn has completed the review and will present his recommendations to Gates, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the chiefs of the military services, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said.

Gates was responding to a USA TODAY investigation, which reported that most of the mentors had ties to defense contractors and that there were few ethics rules governing potential conflicts of interest. The newspaper reported that some mentors were earning more as advisers than they did as active-duty generals, even as they collected six-figure pensions and consulted with defense companies seeking Pentagon contracts.

In the months leading up to the review, Gates has expressed concern about mentors' pay, which can reach $486 an hour. Mullen said in November that mentors must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat whose subcommittee is investigating military mentors, told Gates in November that there must be public disclosure of mentors' outside interests.



Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-03-23-milita...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:24 AM
Response to Original message
1. Oh, yea. I want to know all about those conflicts of interest. That
should have been standard operating procedure.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Big_Mike Donating Member (274 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:26 PM
Response to Reply #1
4. I have personally observed some of these mentors
training Colonels (Brigade Commanders) at the National Training Center. They provide a resource that is available nowhere else in the world. There is not another military that operates at the level of ours, and these mentors provide training that makes these commanders much more capable. That in turn saves the lives of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen serving under them.

$426 an hour? When there are countless lawyers and executives making much more than that? This is most definitely cost effective.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:11 AM
Response to Original message
2. Seems to be no end to the ways taxpayers get robbed blind.
I wonder how the Teabaggers are going to reconcile this with their idolatry of all things military and paramilitary.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 10:11 AM
Response to Original message
3. K&R. nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Aug 30th 2014, 09:20 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC