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95 Reasons

The Air Force recently asked pilots to give some feedback on why they're bailing out of the service. One sublimely creative rogue made his point in 95 subparts and posted it on The Pilot Network facebook group. It is provided here for your edutainment. I'm not sure if the guy who made the comment wants [...]

By | April 16th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|33 Comments

The Air Force Nosedive Will Continue Until it Deals with Toxic Commanders

The Air Force is losing its people. They're bailing out. The generals are asking how they can reverse this flow and once again make the service a place people want to stay. Part of the answer is that it must deal seriously and swiftly with toxic leadership, and make it clear the Air Force is [...]

The Strategy Behind the Bomb

When we’re doing things right militarily, every tactic aligns with a strategy. A strategy with carefully chosen ends served by intelligently employed ways and means. Depending on the scope of the game afoot, the strategy served may not even be immediately connected to a supporting tactic in time, space, or conventional wisdom. Tactical participants may [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|3 Comments

Commander Single-Handedly Defeats ISIS With Improved Punctuation

BADASS ALERT. In an email distributed to airmen across the globe, an Air Force Operations Group Commander, working through his chief emissary, launched an innovative strategy that resulted in the instant surrender of the world's premier terrorist network. See the email for yourself. Polarized UV protection recommended. Upon publication of the message, ISIS fighters laid [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|23 Comments

Air Force Backpedals on Stop Loss — General Now Says “Off the Table”

Yesterday, we brought you analysis and commentary on the Air Force's threat to implement a controversial program known as Stop Loss, which essentially amounts to back-door conscription, as a way to cow the airlines into hiring fewer Air Force pilots. The move, signaled by a 4-star scheduled to meet with airline executives, was seen as a desperate [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|6 Comments

Air Force, Put Down the Stop Loss and Back Away

Last year, the Air Force got a new Chief of Staff, Gen. Dave Goldfein. With his arrival came a new commitment to confronting and substantially addressing the grim reality of an unacceptable and worsening shortage of pilots. The issue had been met with equal measures of ignorance and ineptitude by Goldfein’s predecessor, Gen. Mark Welsh. [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|21 Comments

Exclusive: Deborah Lee James Serving In Trump Administration

Five months ago, Washington was struck by a bright orange political nuclear weapon. As the mushroom cloud and debris are beginning to clear, we can see which cockroaches survived the blast.  Early last month, ProPublica obtained a list of political appointees deployed across government by the Trump Administration to serve as his eyes and ears in key [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|9 Comments
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