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Jammed Controls: the Structural-Systemic Reasons Why Bad Decisions are Hard to Correct

Jammed Controls: the Structural-Systemic Reasons Why Bad Decisions are Hard to Correct

Many have wondered aloud recently, with respect to manifestly questionable calls made within the US Air Force’s leadership cohort, why we so seldom see changes of course to correct what appear to be poor decisions.  Given that the service’s cultural roots are so faithfully associated with the ability to rapidly and flexibly change course when […]

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Open Letter on Seventh Air Force Orientation: Leadership or Helicopter Parenting?

Open Letter on Seventh Air Force Orientation: Leadership or Helicopter Parenting?

Recently, the 3-star general commanding all Air Force units in the Republic of Korea rolled out a new curfew and prohibition policy that placed severe constraints on the liberty on newly assigned airmen. To sell these constraints, Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas and his Chief Master Sergeants took to print and social media to justify the policy as necessary for combat […]

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Ready, Fire, Aim: the Dangerous Habit of a Corrupt Chain of Command

Ready, Fire, Aim: the Dangerous Habit of a Corrupt Chain of Command

What should it take to destroy someone?  What burden should be met?  When does conjecture cross the line into actionable fact? How is that determined?  How credible should we consider damaging rumors when they’re rendered by anonymous or biased sources unwilling to take public ownership of them?  When anyone can say anything about anyone else, […]

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Another Commander Sacked: is the Air Force in an Unrecognized Ethical Tailspin?

Another Commander Sacked: is the Air Force in an Unrecognized Ethical Tailspin?

**Update: documents obtained by JQP show the referral OPR issued to Lt. Col. Kaiser and his response. They can be viewed here.** In February of this year, the commander of the 19th Airlift Wing relieved Lt. Col. Blair Kaiser of command of the 30th Airlift Squadron, an active duty C-130 unit embedded within the Wyoming Air National Guard. […]

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Betraying Marshall: Air Force Stands Idle Amid Toxic Destruction of Good Leaders

Betraying Marshall: Air Force Stands Idle Amid Toxic Destruction of Good Leaders

  The 2014 US Air Force has much going for it. Superb people, strong leaders at the very top, and a nation that continues to admire and support it. But there are problems, some of them significant and potentially hazardous. One such problem is that of toxic leadership. What do I mean by “toxic?” Abusive. […]

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Closing Ranks: New Questions, No Answers in Lackland Firing Scandal

Closing Ranks: New Questions, No Answers in Lackland Firing Scandal

In the weeks since the curious sacking of Lt. Col. Craig Perry became public, a growing audience has taken note with escalating concern. Air Force Times reported extensively on the destruction of Perry’s career under questionable circumstances, and a previous JQP article exhaustively analyzed the investigation that led to his firing, calling into the question the […]

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The Case Study of Craig Perry and the Future of Command in the U.S. Air Force

The Case Study of Craig Perry and the Future of Command in the U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Perry was relieved of command of his squadron at Lackland Air Force Base on March 27th. The publicly reported circumstances of his firing seemed insufficient, triggering many to wonder whether his removal was justified. After analyzing the reporting available at the time, supported by private statements from those close to the events, JQP […]

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