Generals Slide, Fall From `The List’ — Defense Industry Awaits Full Roster

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey briefs the media at the Pentagon.

Never mind Hollywood’s Golden Globe nominations.

Defense industry bigwigs in Washington want to know who made The List.

Two sister trade publications, Defense News and Army Times, are compiling their first Top 100 Most Influential People in Defense.

The list, to be unveiled Monday, is the brainchild of Richard Sandza, managing editor of Army Times.

“We’ve had some inquiries from the defense world, not necessarily from the Pentagon, trying to gather a little intelligence on who’s on our list, what we’ve been up to,” Sandza says

They haven’t learned much.

“We’ve run ads in our newspapers saying it’s classified,” he says.

Sandza did offer a few non-surprising tidbits: Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the list. The rest of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made the list as a group.

Yet most of the most influential don’t wear a military uniform.

“There are 945 generals and admirals in the military,” Sandza says. “Fewer than 25 made our list.”

The list, which was whittled down from about 200 people selected by the papers’ staff, had to be revised in the wake of two recent scandals, he says. Former CIA Director David Petraeus resigned after acknowledging a sexual affair. The Petraeus scandal also triggered an investigation into Marine General John Allen, the commander of forces in Afghanistan. At the same time, Christopher Kubasik, who had been tapped to head Lockheed Martin Corp., resigned after acknowledging a relationship with a subordinate.

“All of them fell down our list and some of them fell off,” Sandza says.

Which ones survived? `

`You’ve got to tune in Monday to find out,” he says.


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