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To Be or To Do? The Trick Question of Air Force Officer Development

To Be or To Do? The Trick Question of Air Force Officer Development

A controversial mentorship briefing given by a senior officer a few years ago has recently re-surfaced, opening up a fresh conversation about the state of the Air Force officer corps. At the core of that conversation is a timeless question: to be or to do? In April, 2008, then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave […]

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Look! We’re Involved! Air Force Constellation Visits Minot (Again)

Look! We’re Involved! Air Force Constellation Visits Minot (Again)

What can you get done when a group of 36 dignitaries — including 18 general officers and a service secretary — are visiting your base? Nothing. You can do basically nothing. And if you can’t do anything, you can’t screw anything up. This is the idea that animates micromanagement, even if micromanagers don’t usually realize […]

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Taking Care of People: System First, Empowerment Second

Taking Care of People: System First, Empowerment Second

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said recently in a speech at the Air Warfare Symposium that supervisors “should be paying attention to how hard their airmen are working and if what they are asking them to do reasonable and sustainable.” He wants airmen to speak up before they burn out, and expects […]

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A-10 Chronicles: Does Hawk Carlisle Know Something We Don’t?

A-10 Chronicles: Does Hawk Carlisle Know Something We Don’t?

As the debate over the future of Close Air Support (CAS) intensifies, Air Force leaders looking to ditch the A-10 in favor of a massive fleet of expensive but CAS-incapable F-35s have found themselves increasingly at odds with the facts. The latest to forego accuracy in a public statement on the A-10 issue appears to […]

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The Dog With the Least Fleas: Air Force Chooses Killing A-10 Over Upholding Integrity

The Dog With the Least Fleas: Air Force Chooses Killing A-10 Over Upholding Integrity

First, a few thoughts about integrity. It’s more than a word — or at least it should be. It’s an idea. An idea to morally bind together the world’s most consequential air service. For it to do that, like any adhesive, it must be properly applied. Recent events raise concerns about whether that’s the case. Make no mistake, […]

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Lying to Win: Air Force Misrepresents Combat Records In Campaign to Retire A-10

Lying to Win: Air Force Misrepresents Combat Records In Campaign to Retire A-10

“Lie: to create a false or misleading impression.” “Win: to achieve victory in a fight, contest, or game.” There’s a game afoot, and the Air Force is lying to win it. The game is the annual round of sanctioned government chicanery attendant to passing a defense budget. The Air Force’s objective in this game is to […]

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“Back to Basics” in Air Mobility: An Elusive Dream Without Policy Change

“Back to Basics” in Air Mobility: An Elusive Dream Without Policy Change

Lt. Gen. Carlton “Dewey” Everhart, Commander Eigtheenth Air Force, penned a strong message to his airmen recently. He told them it was time to get “back to basics.”  At this point, a majority of readers are making ready to shank themselves through the eye with a sharp object, having heard this particular mantra ad nauseum in recent […]

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