CSAF: Time to Revitalize the Squadron as the Core of the Air Force

Just a couple weeks ago, JQP invited airmen to fantasize about what it might be like to have a new Chief of Staff attack his leadership role with a passion for people and a laser focus on airpower. New Air Force Boss Shocks, Inspires Airmen with Incredible Message That piece of tantalizing fiction was ultimately a [...]

Sometimes, Love Just Ain’t Enough: Assessing the Welsh Legacy

Loyal JQP readers are amassing with popcorn in-hand, salivating at the thought of an acidic lambasting of Gen. Mark Welsh and the mark (scar?) he's leaving upon our US Air Force as he transitions into retirement after four decades of service. At the risk of disappointing those loyal readers, I should disclaim up-front that I [...]

Air Force Not Only Smaller, But More Top Heavy Than Ever Before

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has been pushing for the past few months a narrative holding that the military services have too many flag officers -- specifically too many four-star staff billets -- and that this reality is both expensive and counterproductive. This makes him the second defense chief to take aim at this particular issue [...]

More Online Muzzlings by Air Force NCOs

On an almost daily basis, we field submissions from people witnessing online crackdowns aimed at silencing the authorized, protected speech of Americans who happen to also serve the Air Force. The service has cultivated a toxic climate when it comes to this issue, with NCOs and junior officers playing the role of enforcer while more senior [...]

Internal Email Shows Air Force Pilot Shortage at “CRISIS” Level

(From left) Capt. Aaron Schuett, Capt. Cody Clark, Maj. Jason Bianchi, Capt. Robert Hendrick, 493rd Fighter Squadron pilots, walk to their F-15C Eagles to prepare for a training mission during the Tactical Leadership Program Jan. 18, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lausanne Morgan). For years, the Air Force has struggled to come [...]

My Take on Admiral McRaven’s Recent Commentary

Adm. Bill McRaven is one of the finest combat leaders this nation has ever produced. No one really doubts that. But just like anyone else, he's capable of getting things wrong once in awhile, and proved it recently by taking a public position worthy of little more than forceful repudiation. In his April 24th commentary "A [...]

“Order of the Unrendered Apology”

"Dig, if you will, a picture" ... of a periodic gathering, held at random intervals, whereby a group of gray-faced grand poobahs in ornate outfits with obscure insignia arbitrarily induct a favored crony into a meaningless order via a ceremony populated by muddled motifs and manufactured formality.  Now ... imagine the whole thing is funded by taxpayers and that the group in whose [...]