03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Durango Group Hires Paid Military Officials To Advise Private Firms

WASHINGTON -- In a marketplace awash in consulting firms that help defense companies sell to the Pentagon, the Durango Group has a unique advantage.

The Colorado-based firm has become a base of operations for retired officers who also are handsomely paid by the military for their advice. No other defense consulting firm employs more "senior mentors" than Durango. Of the 59 former officers who work for Durango, 15 also serve as mentors, a USA TODAY investigation found.

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