It must be easy to not care about the economy -- perhaps seductively so -- when your job is effectively insulated from market forces. There are very few such jobs, and most of them belong to government employees. The most effectively insulated, both from cost-cutters and from Monica Goodling-style political correctness, are those in the military.
So maybe that's why a career officer in the middle ranks can say he doesn't care about the next president's economic policies or advisors. But the rest of us cannot.