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    but the major conflict here seems to be that the vests (IBA and Dragon Skin) were tested to "lower" standards than normal for this special test.  I don't know anything about armor testing, but if true, that concerns me.

    A guy being hired after leaving the military is no big deal.  Even being offered is no big deal.  I get offers all the time.  It's even OK to accept a job... as long as you are not getting paid you are ok.  With this there was another twist... he was testing for a large government procurement.  It matters to me when, in comparison to the testing, he was offered the job and when he accepted the job.  If after testing, no big deal.  It would not surprise me they hired him.  He has military experience, in armor development, and he believes in the product (important factor).

    If BEFORE, then there is a whole host of questions that need to be asked.  Did he take money or was he pressured in a way to affect testing?  This case falls into what we were always taught as young officers.  "Avoid the appearence of impropriety" because looking unethical to others is just as damaging for a leader as actually being unethical.

    "Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum."- Vegetius

    by Captain Infidel on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:18:31 AM PDT

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