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Service Culture: You’re Doing it Wrong

Service Culture: You’re Doing it Wrong

Every Air Force Chief of Staff yearns to leave an indelible mark on the service. Seven years ago, General T. Michael Moseley chose to spend his dime on “reinvigorating a warrior ethos,” though he acknowledged at the time that airmen had been going “above and beyond the call of duty every hour of every day.” […]

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Excuses in All We Do: Air Force Defends AFPC’s “Operation Revoke”

Excuses in All We Do: Air Force Defends AFPC’s “Operation Revoke”

In order to live within its budget while modernizing and fighting multiple wars, the Air Force is reluctantly drawing down to the smallest size in its history. This is a tough administrative task, and it shows. For the service and the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) — the human commodity exchange charged with conducting the […]

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Untethered: In Defense of an Independent Air Force

Untethered: In Defense of an Independent Air Force

Is there a chance that independent airpower could fall prey to budget austerity and departmental defense reform? While the idea seems far-fetched, the Air Force was nervous enough about it a few years ago to mobilize authors and affiliates to raise a pre-emptive defense. This anxiety reflects recognition that the country is in uncharted budgetary […]

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Leadership Malpractice: Air Force Misinforms Thousands, Kills Medical Coverage for Transitioning Families

Leadership Malpractice: Air Force Misinforms Thousands, Kills Medical Coverage for Transitioning Families

Just when it seemed the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) had hit bottom in its mangling of the service’s drawdown, it found a way to bore to new depths. After demoralizing participants in this year’s Force Management process with unexplained delays, opacity, and deceptive tactics that would make a used car salesman blush, AFPC inexplicably […]

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Suspicious Minds: Generals Herald Tops in Blue, Airmen Hear Symphony of Distraction

Suspicious Minds: Generals Herald Tops in Blue, Airmen Hear Symphony of Distraction

In 1953, the Air Force undertook the odd exuberance of an in-service talent show that ended up succeeding beyond expectations, distracting airmen and onlookers from the threatening specter of an unfolding military competition with the Soviet Union. From this gambit was berthed a special unit known as Tops in Blue (TiB), a folksy handle reflecting […]

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Taking Care of People: Did AMC/TRANSCOM Get the Memo?

Taking Care of People: Did AMC/TRANSCOM Get the Memo?

Written by Guest Contributor Michelle Zook.  You can find more of her work here. In March, when asked what her priorities would be for the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James testified before Congress that her top priority would always be taking care of people, because in every job she ever had, […]

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Tactical Differences, Strategic Consequences: Expanding the A-10 Debate

Tactical Differences, Strategic Consequences: Expanding the A-10 Debate

I speculated in yesterday’s column that in the coming defense budget debate, the Air Force would advance the narrative that the B-1 can fulfill the role played by the A-10.  While I intended “B-1″ as a placeholder implying that the Air Force would try to equate the A-10 with other weapon systems, my failure to clearly state that […]

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