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Force Mismanagement: AFPC Botches Retirements, Airmen Caught in Crossfire

Force Mismanagement: AFPC Botches Retirements, Airmen Caught in Crossfire

Update: according to an Air Force news release issued Tuesday afternoon (April 8th), those airmen who received emails revoking an offer of early retirement will be offered retirement after all.  Anyone impacted should stay in close touch with the chain of command, push for and expect answers from AFPC, and keep this thread informed if […]

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Air Force Denial from the Top: Communication or Propaganda?

Air Force Denial from the Top: Communication or Propaganda?

  Accountability is important.  It sets the tone and establishes the operating standard for an organization. The Air Force is currently in the process of exercising accountability by firing nearly a dozen commanders while preparing to discipline scores more in the wake of an integrity scandal in the ICBM community.  The scandal is the latest […]

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God: Air Force Struggles to Address ICBM Scandal

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God: Air Force Struggles to Address ICBM Scandal

Last January, scandal rocked the US Air Force’s ICBM community.  Nearly 100 missile officers were implicated in a proficiency test cheating ring at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, triggering the 3-star commander of US nuclear missile forces to direct an official inquiry (Command Directed Investigation, or CDI).  The cheating gambit was inadvertently discovered incidental […]

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Emails From the Edge: Toxic Leadership in Air Force Squadrons

Emails From the Edge: Toxic Leadership in Air Force Squadrons

Below is an excerpt from an email reportedly sent by a major in an Air Force squadron to a group of aircrew members preparing for deployment.  It is recent.  It’s tempting to leave this masterpiece alone so you, the reader, can simply let the classiness waft over you.  To that end, I’ve provided first an […]

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Rhetoric v. Reality: Waste, Integrity Issues Plague Air Force Savings Program

Rhetoric v. Reality: Waste, Integrity Issues Plague Air Force Savings Program

Last spring, at the crescendo of defense community angst concerning impending budget cuts, the Air Force launched a program called Every Dollar Counts.  The stated philosophy of the program was that to genuinely save as much money as possible, the service needed to bypass the endemic filtering process that drives communication across the middle layers […]

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Reclaiming Our Republic: Striking at the Root of Political Corruption

Reclaiming Our Republic: Striking at the Root of Political Corruption

Lawrence Lessig is a legal scholar, author, and political reformer.  Just over a year ago, he gave a TED talk outlining exactly how money has allowed political corruption to take root in our republic. He then threw down the challenge for us to join him in the fight to strike at the root of modern […]

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Business As Usual: Air Force Personnel Center Mangles Drawdown

Business As Usual: Air Force Personnel Center Mangles Drawdown

General Mark Welsh is charged with drawing his Air Force down to its smallest size in history. To accomplish this task, Welsh turned to the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), the service’s centralized human resource bureaucracy.  He gave the center a difficult but straightforward task: rid the service of 20,000-25,000 airmen within a year using […]

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