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Freed Felon Chelsea Manning to Run For Senate

According to papers filed with the Federal Election Commission last week, Chelsea Manning is running for the US Senate in the state of Maryland. The January 11th filing registers Manning as a Democrat, meaning she will run against incumbent Ben Cardin. At 30, Manning meets exactly the minimum age requirement to run. It's not clear [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Government and Society, National Defense|12 Comments

Air Force Lodging Policies Violate Federal Law

Last week, I published a post criticizing the leadership at Holloman Air Force Base for its policy mandating TDY airmen stay in base lodging during multi-month RPA upgrade training. There was some adverse response to that post in the form of "someone else has it tougher so stop whining, etc." This is boilerplate rubbish. It [...]

By | January 13th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|6 Comments

Holloman Commander Screws Airmen to Save a Few Bucks

The guy in the picture is Houston Cantwell, an Air Force O-6 in command of Holloman's 49th Wing. He might be gazing upon distant memories, wistfully recalling episodes of courage, cowardice, glory, or loss. Or, he might just be reflecting pridefully on his decision to lock visiting airmen into roach-riddled billeting rooms in order to [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|38 Comments

Coming Soon: Spencer Stone to Star in Film Portraying His Heroism

Staff Sergeant Spencer Stone, famed terrorist ass-kicker who subdued a would-be gunman while off duty on a Paris-bound train in 2015, will star in an upcoming Clint Eastwood feature chronicling the thwarted attack. Alongside his battle buddies Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, who helped him prevent untold loss of life, Stone will make his Hollywood [...]

By | January 5th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|1 Comment

The Exact Day the Tailspin Started, and the Clue to Breaking It

Ask most people to sum up the state of the Air Force today, and they'll acknowledge things are a mess. Low morale, insufficient manpower, excessive distractions, and a general lack of confidence in the will or ability of senior officers to turn things around. The more interesting inquiry is how we got into this tailspin. Ask [...]

By | December 31st, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|35 Comments

Air Force Fitness: Here’s the Fix

This past week, we've spent our dime energetically flogging the Air Force's fitness program. This program is really just a test, the results of which determine whether you break even or your career is ground to an instant halt. There's no evidence it is making the Air Force more fit, but plenty of evidence that [...]

By | December 30th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|13 Comments

10 Reasons to Kill the Air Force Fitness Test

Yesterday, we told you about utterances from the Air Force grapevine indicating that the service might stop discharging airmen solely because of failed fitness tests. Today it's time for a comprehensive airing of grievances about this harebrained program and why it should be killed with fire before it can taint another calendar year. There are [...]

By | December 28th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|24 Comments