I see that Texas moneybags Ross Perot is giving $6.1 million to the Army's Command and General Staff College for, among other things, ethics training. I mainly think this is a good thing. But I'd like to know if there are any strings attached, like on the types of speakers to be brought in. What if a war college got a big contribution earmarked to bring in conservative speakers (as if military officers never run into that point of view among their peers) -- is that ok?
Oversight note: This is another type of thing some congressional staffer needs to keep an eye on -- just send letters to all the schools asking for disclosure of such strings.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.