I'd value some thoughts on a reasonable direction to enter the consulting market in.
I'm leaving the military in the near future following sixteen years as a combat system engineer officer with experience of engineering operations, programme and project management, training and procurement. I'm an MBA, Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET and ICM
I appreciate that probably suggests that either the big systems integrators (ACN, IBM) or a niche firm like Detica would be in the frame but I'm wary of being stovepiped into the defence market, I'd prefer to move into something else; private sector preferably but I'm not averse to public sector outside Defence.
The main point of the question is what direction to come in from? Is it optimal to move into the defence market then try to break out elsewhere once I'm in consulting, or better to try to make the break completely now?