Revolving door: defense secretaries and defense contractors

By Laurie Bennett

February 27, 2013 at 11:36am

Like some of his predecessors, Chuck Hagel brings corporate entanglements to the job of secretary of Defense.

Hagel has been a director of Chevron, a defense contractor, since 2010. Although his resignation has not yet been announced by the company, it’s pro forma. Hagel said last month he would divest his Chevron holdings and resign from the board if confirmed as secretary.

Former Secretary Robert Gates had been a director of Nacco Industries, also a defense contractor.

Donald Rumsfeld was chairman of Gilead Sciences, which has also done business with Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Going further back in history, Charles Erwin Wilson served as Defense secretary in the Eisenhower administration after being chief executive of General Motors.

Robert McNamara, who oversaw much of the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War, had previously been president of Ford Motor.

Of course, some of the big corporate jobs follow service at Defense.

Two years after leaving the department in 1993, Dick Cheney became chairman and CEO of defense contractor Halliburton.

William J. Perry joined the Anteon corporate board five years after leaving Defense.

Frank Carlucci was named chairman of the Carlyle Group, another defense contractor, three years after ending his term as secretary.

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: Business · Politics · Recent Stories  


  • There are no comments yet, be the first by filling in the form below.

Leave a Comment

The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.

Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2018 Muckety LLC