General James “Mike” Holmes served as the commander of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command until his retirement in August 2020. In that role, Holmes “[was] responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready air, space, cyber and intelligence forces.” He also oversaw over 1,000 aircraft and 159,000 military and civilian personnel. Two months after leaving the Pentagon, Holmes joined The Roosevelt Group as a senior advisor. The Roosevelt Group is a lobbying and consulting firm that represents clients such as defense contracting giant Honeywell International.
Holmes will likely work with small businesses and start-ups seeking market opportunities in the national security and defense sectors. In a press release, The Roosevelt Group touted that Holmes’s experience “will provide an unmatched perspective to clients seeking to work with the Department of Defense and Congress.”
Holmes added that he is “eager to engage with businesses, universities, and local communities to help develop and deliver creative solutions to our national security challenges.”
In a response to a POGO request for comment, Holmes stated: “I received annual ethics training every year I served as a general officer, and I received mandatory ethics counseling as part of retirement preparation. I am following the guidance that limits the activities of retired general officers to the best of my understanding and ability.”
In a press release, The Roosevelt Group touted that Holmes’s experience “will provide an unmatched perspective to clients seeking to work with the Department of Defense and Congress.