Pentagon Probing Whether The Acting Sec. Of Defense Used Office To Help Boeing

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan joined Boeing in 1986 and stayed with the company for more than 30 years.

According to the New York Times, the inspector general of the Pentagon says that it will investigate allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote Boeing, his former employer.

A watchdog group from Washington D.C., Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed an ethics complaint a week ago with the inspector general. The group alleged that Shanahan has made statements which promoted Boeing and have criticized competitors, such as Lockheed Martin.

Shanahan has been informed of the investigation, according to Dwrena K. Allen, a spokesperson for the inspector general.

And Pentagon spokesman Tom Crosson said in a statement that Shanahan welcomes the review:

“Acting Secretary Shanahan has at all times remained committed to upholding his ethics agreement filed with the DoD,” said Crosson. “This agreement ensures any matters pertaining to Boeing are handled by appropriate officials within the Pentagon to eliminate any perceived or actual conflict of interest issue(s) with Boeing.”

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Shanahan spent more than three decades with Boeing, “leading programs for commercial planes and missile defense systems,” the Associated Press reported.

He signed on to the company in 1986 and “is credited with rescuing a troubled Dreamliner 787 program.”

Upon his nomination for the position of deputy defense secretary in 2017, Shanahan signed an ethics agreement highlighting the measures he would take to avoid “any actual or apparent conflict of interest,” as well as stating he would not involve himself in matters related to his former employer.