The Nature of Bureaucratic Success

America may be some sort of republic, or democracy, or society. But the government running it is none of these. It is a bureaucracy. A massive, obese, lumbering administrative state drunk on power and infatuated with hidebound hierarchy and Byzantine rule structures that lend it the authority to reign over the supposedly ungovernable while pretending [...]

By | May 20th, 2017|Government and Society|16 Comments

$418M Kenyan arms deal bewilders lawmakers, USAF acquisition office accused of corruption

IOMAX USA INC's Archangel aircraft President Trump is spending his first weeks in office scrutinizing several contracts he believes aren’t in the financial best interest of the American taxpayer. However, it’s now being reported the previous administration may not have been acting quite as attentive when it approved a $418 million defense contract [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Government and Society|3 Comments

Unlawful DLI Order Attempts to Abridge Servicemember Liberty

George Orwell famously said "[if] liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." Apparently, US Army Colonel Phillip J. Deppert and those helping him run the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center believe it means nothing at all. In an email sent earlier this [...]

E-9 Attempts to Restrict Protected Speech

Chief Master Sergeant Donald W. Stroud had the following email sent to the masses of the 388th Fighter Wing earlier this week on his behalf. Yes, it was so important he didn't do it himself. Have a look. Take a moment to let the irony of quoting Patrick Henry in a message seeking to smother individual [...]

Air Force Force Prohibits Airmen from Drinking Alcohol During Trump’s Inauguration

Without explaining its rationale, the Air Force has issued a peculiar and eyebrow-raising order heightening military readiness and banning booze consumption among the 40,000 airmen assigned to Washington, D.C. for the 60-hour period encompassing Donald Trump's inauguration. The full order, issued by Maj. Gen. Darryl Burke on December 5th and also aimed at civil service members, is [...]

When it comes to the F-35, It Really Is As Simple as Trump Makes It

For the first time in a long time, the nation has a chief executive (to-be) actually wading into the subject of the military industrial complex. No one knows exactly who is whispering in Trump's ear on this subject, but his theme is quite simple: he cares about how much things cost. This is bad news [...]

Air Force Fitness Test Debacle: Another Leadership Failure

Among the many poor decisions made by Mark Welsh during his tenure as Chief of Staff was a decree that he would not even consider substantial changes to the service's fitness program despite sound arguments from airmen at all levels that it wasn't effectively supporting the mission. When a four-star makes such a decree in [...]

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