Cashing In Stars: Does the Professional Ethic Apply in Retirement?
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST
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A successful career for top senior leaders increasingly features employment in the defense industry. This situation presents a challenge to the service professional ethic. It concerns the trend to offer professional expertise in such a way that it exploits active duty experience to support the private interests of the military-industrial complex. Particularly worrisome are those retired members of the profession who play more than one national security influencer for profit role, such as being on the payrolls of a defense firm, a media outlet, and the government simultaneously. Should retired senior officers remain full members of the profession once they start cashing in their stars When do they stop serving The choice marks a transition from service to the nation to service for self-interest. Such a choice marks the difference between serving the American people and taking advantage of their relationship to influence the expenditure of tax dollars in ways that favor corporate gain over national security. The implications of this behavior have the potential to create harmful effects on the military profession, civil-military relations, and US national security.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations