The Revolving Pentagon Door

Are you sitting down?

It seems a former senior Pentagon official involved with "homeland defense" has moved on to a job in which he will help contractors get homeland security and disaster planning work with the government.

Can you imagine?

"McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is pleased to announce that Paul McHale, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, has joined the firm in our Government Contracts Department. In his new role, he will support the firm's Life Sciences and Public Health Preparedness practice in their focus on Homeland Security and Disaster Planning, in addition to helping clients develop strategies for offering their products or services to federal, state and foreign governments."

"'Paul McHale's extensive background and experience at DOD in homeland security and disaster relief planning will be a significant asset to our government contract clients,' said Tom Abbott, National Chair of the Government Contract practice. 'Inaddition, his experience in Afghanistan, together with his service on the Hill and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, will be a tremendous resource for the firm and its clients.'"

Is that what they mean by revolving door? Or is that a technical term?

By Robert O'Harrow |  February 5, 2009; 7:42 AM ET revolving door
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Just business as usual... DOD ethics rules are nothing more than words on the paper for people “in the know” to circumvent. The revolving door is in constant motion --- moving in both directions. Legal technicalities and liberal interpretations of the rules prevail. DOD is a world where intent is merely a concept; integrity wishful thinking; and legal workarounds a way of life.

Posted by: dlk2161 | February 9, 2009 11:26 PM

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