Brig. Gen. Ron Lewis, a military adviser to Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, used his government credit card to pay his tabs at “Hooker Hill in Seoul, drank excessively on trips with Secretary Carter, and had “inappropriate interactions” with military and civil female personnel. Mr. Carter sacked him, the Army lopped $10,000 of his pension, and a letter of reprimand outlined all of what was just described. However, the Army has recommended that he keep his security clearance.
Post-military employment with defense contractors requires security clearance. So, the Army does not want to interfere with his ability to cash in with his experience. The bars in Rome and sex clubs in Korea will be happy to know that the former general will be back with private credit cards. Is there an ounce of common sense in Washington, D.C.? Did it occur to anyone there that his behavior pattern a risk to security? And, who would hire this guy? Let’s find him a new line of work, away from national security, travel, and women. Retirement will do nicely.