Well, that didn’t take long.
“Retired Adm. Jon Greenert, a former chief of naval operations, has been named to the board of directors of BAE Systems Inc, the company announced this morning.” (1)
We’ve decried the practice of recently retired Admirals taking positions in the very defense industry companies that they previously had a business relationship with. Now, we learn that recently retired CNO Greenert has taken a position on the board of directors of BAE Systems, Inc. This stinks of kickback and impropriety. While it’s possible that there is no quid pro quo at work here, the conflict of interest and the appearance of cooperation having been bought is impossible to ignore. In these kinds of cases, the appearance of impropriety is as damning as the reality. It calls into serious question every decision Greenert and the Navy, at his direction, made regarding BAE Systems during his tenure.
Regular readers know my opinion of CNO Greenert was about as low as it could get and this merely solidifies that opinion.
This practice has got to stop.
(1)Defense News website, “Former CNO Greenert Named To BAE Board”, Christopher Cavas,