Open Letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees

Hon. Senators and Representatives, Among the most solemn of your many duties is the oversight you provide of our Armed Services on behalf of the American people. It's no secret that without effective oversight and consistent auditing, agencies with the size, political power, and budgetary authority of the services are at constant risk of becoming breeding grounds [...]

Cashing In: Welsh Buries Snout in Defense Feeding Trough

Well, that escalated quickly. Barely five months removed from his role as Air Force Chief of Staff, retired Gen. Mark Welsh has reportedly accepted a board membership with Northrop-Grumman, the nation's third largest defense contractor. There he'll fatten his personal holdings by hocking galactically priced gadgets for a company that grosses nearly $30B in annual weapon [...]

I Don’t Even Know Where to Begin With This Green Dot Bullshit

We learned recently that Mad Dog Mattis will be our next Secretary of Defense. Thanks be to God for that. Our military services need a super-charged cattle prod to the ass. They're totally lost. Here we review Exhibit 69, wherein a cluster of idiots at Edwards Air Force Base have conspired to concoct a competitor [...]

Debbie James, Please Just Go Away Already

In typical Debbie James style, the outgoing Secretary of the Air Force has started saying a mercilessly long-winded goodbye. With two months or so left of work to do, she's already started making the media rounds to shore up her image and manicure her legacy, first appearing on the Daily Show and later granting access [...]

Clueless.

What follows is going to be unsparingly and unapologetically harsh. If you're a fan of E-9 Shelina Frey and/or too squeamish to digest criticism targeting her miserably inept "leadership" style, this is your chance to bail out. Remember when Gen. Mark Welsh went before the Senate and said morale was "pretty darn good"? Airmen pretty [...]

Finance Troop Cries Out for Help in E-9 Facebook Forum

Love it, hate it, or choose to ignore it, the "Ask a Chief Virtual Panel" manages to generate a fair number of useful questions about Air Force life, even if it trips over its own self-important protocol in failing to provide useful answers most of the time. Here at JQP, we're generally critical of the [...]

With Elimination of Time-Based Points, Air Force Signals New Promotion Philosophy

In the Air Force enlisted promotion system, time has traditionally played a key role in the determination of winners and losers. More specifically, experience, as measured by time, has been the engine driving promotions. With enough time in grade and time in service, solid performers could overcome other weaknesses, because the Air Force took the view [...]