All federal workers are barred from accepting employment from a contractor over whom they had recent influence, I think for 5 years. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be enforced for higher level federal executives. Further, it does not seem to much of a factor for senior military either. Contractors who can benefit by the relations of retired officers with the military officers driving future procurements are an invaluable resource to contractors who can use that influence to become favored suppliers or to influence procurement plans. Senior contractor executives are often appointed to federal government leadership positions and work toward the common benefit of the military and their ‘former’ company. And, the circle is complete! It is wrong and needs to be cleaned up. It contributes to runaway budgets for military procurements. It contributes to decisions being made based on mutually beneficial considerations instead of bottom-line costs and need. It is the evils long warned about with a growing military industrial complex. ... ... Next, if we can only keep Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firm executives out of our Treasury, Commerce Department and the FED. That’s a whole other round of ‘invested’ self-serving interests.