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    Majority of Retired 4-Star Officers Got Jobs in Defense Industry, New Report Says

    Majority of Retired 4-Star Officers Got Jobs in Defense Industry, New Report Says

    More than 80% of the highest-ranking officers who left the service over the past five years moved into jobs working for the defense industry, according to a think tank report.

    Twenty-six of the 32 four-star officers who retired after June 2018 were then employed by “the arms industry as board members, advisors, executives, consultants, lobbyists, or members of financial institutions that invest in the defense sector,” according to the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a defense-focused think tank that advocates for peace and diplomacy.

    The report argues that the staggering statistic “generates the appearance — and in some cases the reality — of conflicts of interest in the making of defense policy and in the shaping of the size and composition of the Pentagon budget.”

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    The institute's report found that many four-star officers — 15 — opted to take spots on the boards or act as advisers to “small and medium-sized arms contractors.” Five became executives for one of the nation's top arms contractors.

    One major result, the Quincy Institute argues, is that major weapons systems and platforms continue to on despite having no military value or use.

    The issue of “the revolving door between the U.S. government and the arms industry,” as the report puts it, is not new. In his 1961 farewell address, President…

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