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Former top US general Dunford joining Lockheed Martin’s board

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The former top U.S. military official, General Joseph Dunford, has been elected to the board of Lockheed Martin Corp , the Pentagon's largest weapons supplier, the company said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford arrives in the Rotunda before the casket of U.S. Senator John McCain lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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WASHINGTON: The former top U.S. military official, General Joseph Dunford, has been elected to the board of Lockheed Martin Corp , the Pentagon's largest weapons supplier, the company said on Friday.

Dunford, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2015 to 2019, will join the board of the F-35 fighter jet maker on Feb. 10. He left the Pentagon last year.

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Critics of U.S. military spending have long complained of a revolving door between Pentagon leadership and the defense industry. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was a lobbyist for missile maker Raytheon before taking the job last year and his predecessor Patrick Shanahan was an executive at Boeing .

"His experience in complex, global operations and risk management, including cybersecurity threats, is a tremendous asset and will enhance board oversight in key business areas," Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin said in a statement.

Before serving as principal military adviser to the president, secretary of defense, and U.S. National Security Council starting in 2015, Dunford was the commandant of the Marine Corps.

Dunford commanded the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom and had also served as the commander of all U.S. Read More – Source