Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Message force multipliers” 

So it should come as no surprise to anyone that all those "military analysts" you see on TV are not regular citizens sharing dispassionate insights won from many years of military service, but are, in fact, heavily coached by the Pentagon, and have been lured into "military analyst" service by the promise of access to the highest levels of Pentagon procurement and contracting officials. Which comes in handy, because the primary sideline of most of these retired "military analysts" is working for contractors trying to get to those officials to get those contracts. One man's "analyst" is another's "message force multiplier," as this NYTimes report explains.


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