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As USAF Hemorrhages Due to Tempo, Wasteful Deployments Continue

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson has been dead honest about the Air Force's unfolding human resource crisis. There are not enough pilots for the core service mission, and this acute shortage reflects a more broadly felt gap between mission and manpower. This isn't a new problem and it isn't a surprise. The Air [...]

By | November 23rd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|1 Comment

No, Imbeciles … this Airman is Not Protesting.

Back in the days before we lost our collective minds, there was a common sense rule about taking things mainly at face value. The most likely explanation for something, so the saying went, was probably true. But in the current era of unwarranted mass hyperventilation, reactionary freakouts over trivialities are an everyday occurrence. In this [...]

By | November 18th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|3 Comments

The Air Force is Breaking. Who is Accountable?

The Air Force's leaders are ringing the alarm that the force is on the verge of breaking. As reported by Air Force Times' Stephen Losey, the service's pilot shortage has grown another 25% to more than 2,000 ... threatening its ability to conduct the mission. This jumble of words gets written so often that it [...]

By | November 10th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|39 Comments

Why Trump Should Shut The Hell Up About Bergdahl

In one particular way, Trump is the ultimate American role model. Every day, he reminds us that cherishing free speech means tolerating objectionable commentary from the hateful, the uninformed, and the misguided. It's an ironic form of example, but then again Donald is pretty much the ultimate walking contradiction. When it comes to Bowe Bergdahl, [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|National Defense|8 Comments

Air Force Implements Policy to Ease Strain of Yearlong Deployments

As we've reported here recently, the Air Force has been taking steps to reduce the burden of deployment being placed on airmen -- something that is consistently listed among the primary reasons they choose to separate from service. Those steps are now becoming more concrete, as evidenced by a policy change signed a few months [...]

By | October 28th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|12 Comments

Check Out Ramstein’s Facepalm-Worthy Green Dot Video

When genuine attempts to address a legitimate issue are placed into the unworthy hands of a lumbering bureaucracy, unintentional comedy often ensues. More often than not, the targets of key messages are chafed or alienated rather than encouraged or persuaded. This is because bureaucracies, by their very nature, are not interested in the critical details [...]

By | October 28th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|4 Comments

Report: Travis Wing Commander Attends Conference, Violating His Own OPR Lockdown

Yesterday, we brought you the story of Col. John Klein, commander of Travis' 60th Air Mobility Wing, imposing draconian (and indeed unlawful) restrictions on his organization as a response to late Officer Performance Reports. You can read that story here. Take a look at this key excerpt from the policy Klein issued, which went into [...]

By | October 27th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|8 Comments