Former US Defense Secretary Mattis Returns to General Dynamics Board

The revolving door doesn't skip a beat

James Mattis is returning to the board of defense contractor General Dynamics, a position he held until becoming the defense secretary in January 2017.

The move comes six years to the day since Mattis originally joined the company board.

Jim is a thoughtful, deliberate and principled leader with a proven track record of selfless service to our nation,” Phebe Novakovic, the company’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

The retired Marine Corps general’s return to General Dynamics, America’s fifth-largest defense contractor, comes amid increased scrutiny of former U.S. Defense Department officials joining defense contractors and former industry executives going to work in top Pentagon jobs.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who is running for president, sparred with Mattis’ predecessor Mark Esper during his July confirmation hearing about his work as a Raytheon lobbyist. Warren has proposed legislation that would block top Pentagon officials for working for defense contractors until four years after leaving government.

When Mattis was confirmed as defense secretary, he forfeited restricted and unvested stock options and divested the rest of his vested stock options, according to his ethics agreement.

Mattis originally joined General Dynamics’ board on Aug. 7, 2013, then stepped away in January 2017 when he became President Trump’s first defense secretary. Mattis led the Pentagon for nearly two years before resigning his post in December 2018 over disagreements with Trump, including the president’s decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria.

Since his unceremonious departure, Mattis has kept a low profile. His book “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” (Random House) is scheduled for release on Sept. 3.

Source: Defense One

  1. thomas malthaus says

    Along with a military pension, I’ll bet he’s pulling in half a million per annum.

    Warren’s demagoguery is falling on deaf ears. You can appreciate it more if calls for reducing Massachusetts’ share of military expenditures is reduced.

    1. DarkEyes says

      Despite I do not trust Mrs Warren the proposal she is putting (orally) on the table is a good and useful one. The first good one I have ever heard from her.

      AIPAC Government do not agree so it will never happen.

  2. CHUCKMAN says

    Yes, but maybe a big corporate sandbox is what is needed to keep such men safely occupied.

    1. Per says

      If we could make that sandbox on Bear island things might improve… No internet and no boats is the only rules i would insist on😔

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