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Degraded by Dogs and Ponies: The Lying Game of Air Force VIP Culture

Degraded by Dogs and Ponies: The Lying Game of Air Force VIP Culture

Ask any Air Force wing commander where s/he spends the most time and effort. You’ll get an articulate answer sounding in tones of mission and people. Now put a gun to that wing commander’s head and insist on the truth. One hundred percent of the time, you’ll get the same answer: visits.  If you’re a […]

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Air Force General’s “Errant” Political Tweet Invites Scrutiny of Public Affairs Efforts

Air Force General’s “Errant” Political Tweet Invites Scrutiny of Public Affairs Efforts

The Air Force’s Public Affairs (PA) function has had a rough run of things lately, enduring the general hum of criticism from airmen who see too much PA coverage of senior leader visits, band performances, and ancillary issues, and not enough coverage of what airmen do to defend the nation from air and space. Frustration […]

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Futurists in Foxholes: Fear-Driven A-10 Opponents Hunker Down, Avoid Debate

Futurists in Foxholes: Fear-Driven A-10 Opponents Hunker Down, Avoid Debate

I wrote an article recently in response to a peculiarly toothless and inept essay insisting that the only argument for retaining the A-10 Warthog was rooted in how much people love airplanes and hate to see them go. To debunk that “theory” I did my best to provide an exhaustive analysis rich with fact, logic, and precedent, building […]

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Discrediting the “Forrest Gump” Argument to Kill the A-10

Discrediting the “Forrest Gump” Argument to Kill the A-10

  I usually try to find something positive to say when an Air Force Colonel publicly opines on a matter of substance, a rarity in a service that prefers its officers remain intellectually compliant and carefully muzzled. But some thoughts are indeed better left unshared, as demonstrated by Robert Spalding’s exceptionally lamentable Sunday “article” vilifying […]

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What About the Mission? Air Force’s Misguided Plan to Kill the A-10 Exposed as Pure Politics

What About the Mission? Air Force’s Misguided Plan to Kill the A-10 Exposed as Pure Politics

As Congress returns, attention will soon fixate on the deliberate morass that is the defense budget process. The Air Force is preparing for its role in this sanctioned national clownery by focusing on a peculiar narrative, claiming that it needs to mothball a costly airplane of questionable utility in order to save money for an […]

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The Best Way to Honor Veterans

The Best Way to Honor Veterans

As Congress returns for a lame-duck session that promises to be equal parts theatrical and unproductive, President Obama is making a promise of his own: to pursue a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) legitimizing action against ISIS. Notwithstanding the division and skepticism of the current political moment, the AUMF represents a […]

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Boiling Point: Colonel’s Commentary Exposes Deep Frustration Among Airmen

Boiling Point: Colonel’s Commentary Exposes Deep Frustration Among Airmen

On November 7th, Colonel Donald Grannan published a commentary exploring the failure of the Air Force to retain a bright young NCO with a promising future and impeccable record. Over the next 48 hours, the piece registered an estimated 300,000 views and racked up more than 18,000 votes of approval on the official page of Wright-Patterson Air […]

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