Recently, the apparent son-in-law of the Lannan Foundation president apparently landed himself a job as the president and chief executive office of Tactical Air Defense Services, a Florida-based firm that trains air combat fighter pilots for the U.S. war machine and the military forces of some foreign governments. As a recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission by Tactical Air Defense Services observed:
"...The Board of Directors of Tactical Air Defense Services, Inc. has, as of November 24, 2009, appointed Mr. Alexis Korybut to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his current position as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Company.
"Mr. Korybut brings to the Company extensive management, administrative, and financial experience, and with his more than two years of tenure with the Company, relevant military contracting and aviation experience…"
Ironically, the Lannan Foundation whose president is the apparent father-in-law of the Tactical Air Defense Services’ president also subsidizes alternative media groups like The Nation/Nation Institute, Democracy Now! Productions and the Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones magazine in a big way.
In 2008, for example, The Nation Institute was given three grants totaling $545,000, by the Lannan Foundation (according to the Lannan Foundation’s Form 990 financial filing for 2008). That same year Democracy Now! Productions was given three grants, totaling $375,000, by the Lannan Foundation. And in 2008, three grants, totaling $475,000, were given by the Lannan Foundation to Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones magazine. In 2005, the Lannan Foundation also gave $535,000 in grant money to The Nation/Nation Institute alternative media group.
Not surprisingly, neither The Nation, Democracy Now! nor Mother Jones magazine has apparently provided its readers, listeners or viewers with much information about either the historic or current business activities of Lannan family members or about which transnational corporate stocks are contained in the investment portfolio of the Lannan Foundation. Yet, according to its Form 990 financial filing, on December 31, 2008 the Lannan Foundation owned $942,000 worth of Microsoft stock, $953,683 of Disney Company stock, $1,267,640 worth of Wells Fargo stock, $1,389,789 worth of Coca-Cola Company stock, $1,580,982 worth of Wal-Mart stock and $44,145 worth of Goldman Sachs stock.