Colonel John J. Thomas (USAF Ret.) was a spokesman for U.S. Central Command. According to his LinkedIn profile he retired in 2018 and joined Pentagon contractor Pratt & Whitney a few months later. Pratt & Whitney received $21 million in Department of Defense contracts in fiscal year 2018. He told POGO no restrictions were put in place for his post-government employment and he officially recused himself from matters involving Pratt & Whitney when he began negotiations for employment.