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 [...]

“You Are Not Below-the-Zone”

This slice of developmental street wisdom has been circulating among Air Force officers over the past year on various websites and via email. It has become popular and resonant with many grappling to wrap their minds around the mess the service has made of mentorship and officer development.  The piece is attributed Maj. Christopher Keown, [...]

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 [...]

A Look Back: A-10 Saboteur Now Northrop-Grumman Board Member

This article first appeared at the Arizona Daily Independent.It is shared here with permission. This month, President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet about the F-35 was making headlines at about the same time the plane’s biggest cheerleader, General Mark Welsh, was making headlines of his own. “The F-35 program and cost is out of control,” Trump tweeted [...]

“Fired Up Chief” Hemorrhages Credibility With Defense of Drunken Crony

Sometimes, things are simple. When they are, you thank your personal higher power it's the case and you move decisively to act on that simplicity. To overcomplicate self-evident judgments is to raise questions about why. When those questions point out irresolute principles in your moral makeup, you lose hard-earned respect and suffer reputational damage. Take [...]

Air Force Releases Thunderbird Crash Report, Whitewashes Obama’s Role

Before anything else is said, I'd like to render a note of absolute respect for Maj. Alex Turner and the job he did on June 2, 2016. It's not commonly understood outside the military aviation community how difficult it is to bring a graceful end to a chaotic emergency behind the controls of a high-performance [...]