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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

“One need not destroy one’s enemy. One need only destroy his willingness to engage.” – Sun Tzu As the enemy prisoners of war shuffled south along Main Supply Route Texas, they cast nervous glances toward a distant sound echoing across the sky overhead. Almost imperceptible at first, the sound reached a crescendo, causing those glances […]

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Throwing Off the CAS Yoke, Part I: Shifting Rhetoric

Throwing Off the CAS Yoke, Part I: Shifting Rhetoric

Slippery rhetoric is a timeless disease. It breeds a form of dishonesty so subtle and insidious that it multiplies beneath the surface, rotting the foundations of once great institutions until they collapse under the weight of inescapable truths.  The United States Air Force (USAF) wants out of the mission of providing full-service Close Air Support […]

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The Little “Fighter” That Couldn’t: Moral Hazard and the F-35

The Little “Fighter” That Couldn’t: Moral Hazard and the F-35

As Air Force senior officials prepare for posture hearings this week with the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, the subject of modernization promises to be front and center. Core to that discussion will almost certainly be the limping, $1.4 trillion F-35 program. Belying the conventional wisdom, which touts the Joint Strike Fighter as something of […]

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A-10 Chronicles: McSally Urges Carter to Halt Air Force Shenanigans

A-10 Chronicles: McSally Urges Carter to Halt Air Force Shenanigans

Earlier this month, while Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was busy rolling out diversity initiatives to engineer an enlarged future role for women among her service’s senior ranks, a former Air Force officer who pioneered the role of women in airpower was putting James’ boss on notice, requesting that he stop the service from defying Congress in its stubbornly misguided campaign to retire the […]

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Operation Destroy CAS Update: Air Force “Steers” the Summit Message

Operation Destroy CAS Update: Air Force “Steers” the Summit Message

This article is a product of the Arizona Daily Independent, and is re-printed here with permission. Last Friday, the Air Force launched an all-out media blitz to reveal the findings of their Close Air Support Summit. No less than five news outlets reported the findings of the summit which can be summed up by the […]

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Bold or Expedient? A Closer Look at the Air Force’s New Diversity Initiatives

Bold or Expedient? A Closer Look at the Air Force’s New Diversity Initiatives

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James published two service-wide emails this past week (found here and here) detailing a comprehensive set of new initiatives designed to enhance the Air Force’s diversity and inclusiveness. In her message, James aptly proclaims that the future strategic agility of the Air Force is keyed to the variety […]

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Team or Corporation? What John Warden Taught the Air Force About Seniority

Team or Corporation? What John Warden Taught the Air Force About Seniority

Given the shrill wailings of senior Air Force officials recently, one would think that sequestration was not so much an ill-conceived legislative-electoral tactic as the name given to one of the galloping horses of the Apocalypse. To be sure, it does exert pressure on the defense budget and does indeed place the Air Force in particular […]

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