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That bird won’t fly and other news

Hold that Revolving Door! Four-Star General Coming Through
Dana Liebelson – (POGO) – January 28, 2012 – The revolving door that carried former Department of Defense honcho William Lynn III to a well-paying job with an Italian defense contractor keeps on spinning – now Gen. James Cartwright, who retired as the nation’s second-highest ranking military officer in August, is following Lynn into the private sector.

Cartwright is joining the Board of Directors at Raytheon, a major U.S. defense contractor. Earlier in the week, DRS Technologies named Lynn as its chief executive officer. (Coincidently, before Lynn was tapped as deputy defense secretary, he was a top lobbyist for Raytheon.)

“General Cartwright’s deep understanding of defense and broad experience in military operations and matters of national security will be of great value to our Board,” Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson said in a press release.

Well, Cartwright certainly has a deep understanding of defense: He’s a four-star general with 40 years of service in the Marine Corps, including four years as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But then there’s that sticky “great value to the Board” comment. And that’s where the problem with the well-oiled revolving door that leads from the Pentagon to the defense industry rears its ugly head. (Click HERE for article)

Former United Nations Employee Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – January 27, 2012 – Jeffery K. Armstrong, 52, of South Riding, Va., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for obtaining more than $100,000 in salary payments by fraudulently holding concurrent jobs at the United Nations (U.N.) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release following his sentence and to pay $128,153 in restitution.

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DoJ finds bowling for contractors more lucrative than bowling for dollars



Looks like the long arm of the law is finally reaching out and bitch slapping some of the contracting cronies and culprits who believe the law does not apply to them.  All I have to say is, “IT’S ABOUT TIME!”

The Department of Justice (DoJ) seems to be getting serious about enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Last year’s record breaking settlement with Halliburton and KBR to the tune of $579 million appears to have been only the beginning.  Last week the DoJ unsealed indictments against 22 high ranking individuals working for undisclosed (in the indictments) Defense contractors and then followed up with an indictment for one of their very own undercover operatives, Richard Bistrong, who helped them sting the first 22 alleged wrong doers. Read the remainder of this entry »