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 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 [...]

Latest F-35 Talking Points Abuse Airpower History

Remember, ladies and gentlemen: when you ask the Air Force a question about the F-35, you're not going to get a candid answer ... you're going to get a scripted one. We know this because F-35 discussions are governed not by unguarded insights or unvarnished opinions, but by strictly controlled flows of information and message discipline [...]

Photo from Al Udeid is Perfectly Symbolic of Failed Middle East Strategy

This photo was taken this morning outside the headquarters of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, housed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Note all of the flags at half staff, lowered to pay respect to the 129 victims of last Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. All except one, that is: the flag of Qatar. [...]

Decoding the Four-Sided Proxy War in Syria

In modern American political culture, wars -- both the decisions to undertake them and their conduct once underway -- are intensely politicized. This may be a reflection of anxiety over the inexorable aggregation of war power in the executive branch of our government, a condition which threatens many traditional notions about separation of powers and divided government. [...]

American Airpower in Counterinsurgency

It's been a great couple of weeks for those of us who like to jawbone incessantly about airpower. Superb volleys, counter-volleys, and deliberations from authors like Mike Pietrucha, Jeremy Renken, Tyson Wetzel, and Francis Park have reawakened a long-dormant discussion about the role and relevance of airpower in varying military-operational contexts, and has stirred great debates about how [...]

By | August 27th, 2015|Strategy|1 Comment

Strategy and Leadership: Handmaidens of National Defense

"The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards." -- Sir Francis William Butler A recurring challenge in discussing strategy is deciding where the concept ends and where [...]

By | June 11th, 2015|Strategy|1 Comment