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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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Loss of Confidence: Did Lackland Trade Recruit Abuse for Toxic Leadership?

Loss of Confidence: Did Lackland Trade Recruit Abuse for Toxic Leadership?

An article posted by AF Times last Friday went viral.  Airmen were outraged by what seemed like a manifest injustice that was bad for the Air Force.  Is this a case of overreacting to a half-story, or are airmen peering through the veil of official action and accurately glimpsing toxic leadership? Air Force tradition holds […]

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Bait-n-Switch, Part Duh: AFPC Changes VSP Rules to Feed Obese Deployment Machine

Bait-n-Switch, Part Duh: AFPC Changes VSP Rules to Feed Obese Deployment Machine

For years, the war in Afghanistan has been “winding down.”  Don’t tell that to airmen whose separation dates are being delayed so they can pull another 6 or 12 month deployment to the AOR. The Air Force recently approved more than 4,000 airmen for early separation under its Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) initiative. When they […]

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Off-Target: Air Force’s Command Cookbook a Recipe for Mediocrity

Off-Target: Air Force’s Command Cookbook a Recipe for Mediocrity

“Effectively leading people is the art of command.”  This sentence, one of the few substantively or stylistically redeemable turns of phrase in the Air Force’s recently released Air Force Instruction 1-2: Commander’s Responsibilities, carries the weight of several rich ironies. First, in a publication claiming command as its subject, the mention of leading people is […]

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Five Reasons to Boycott the Air Force’s Savings Initiative

Five Reasons to Boycott the Air Force’s Savings Initiative

If you’re a member of the USAF, Secretary Deborah Lee James and Vice Chief of Staff General Larry Spencer are asking for your ideas on how to save money.  Before I tell you why, in my humble opinion, you should not participate in this initiative, there are a few things worth registering about the nature of […]

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