U.S. Army reserves AOL lobbyist Kimmitt

Two-star general at work with Joint Chiefs of Staff

WASHINGTON — Don’t look for AOL Time Warner top lobbyist George Kimmitt at his day job — he’s been on duty as a two-star general in the U.S. Army Reserve since the beginning of the month, assigned to help the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the ongoing crisis.

Kimmitt wasn’t officially called up by President Bush, according to an AOL TW spokeswoman. Rather, the exec was asked on an informal basis to head over to the Pentagon.

The spokeswoman said Kimmitt is wrapping up his Reserve post aiding the Joint Chiefs of Staff and will soon return full-time to his gig as AOL Time Warner exec veep for global and strategic policy.

Kimmitt, who joined AOL TW in June, already had strong ties to the White House, including Vice President Dick Cheney.

Serving in both the Reagan and first Bush administrations, Kimmitt was former President Reagan’s deputy counsel on the National Security Council. Later, he worked as general counsel under James Baker at the Treasury Dept.

Kimmitt could not be reached for comment late Friday.

Word of Kimmitt’s post at the Pentagon comes as a group of Hollywood directors meet at USC’s Institute for Creative Technology to help the U.S. Army brainstorm about possible terrorist targets.

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