Now step forward, you may serve your country by informing on your friends, oh wait, when you get caught you’ll get kicked out. Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students. Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy near Colorado Springs must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to do just that: Informants are told to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while snapping photos, wearing recording devices and filing secret reports. For one former academy [...]
Over at the American Conservative a great article on whether we should keep or kill the A10 Warthog. As a grunt I support keeping the A10 but we are going to have to quickly find a replacement or upgrade its capabilities as it is a little long in the tooth.
Stray Shots From Around the Web. I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane. So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac) and two dogs. Item 1: Our USAF Missile [...]
From Air Force Times: The 328-page report, released by the Air Force on Oct. 25, stems from a highly publicized Inspector General complaint filed last year by Tech.Sgt. Jennifer Smith, an aviation resource management specialist at Shaw. Smith told Air Force Times in a December interview that she had quietly endured sexual harassment and assault during her 17-year Air Force career because victims who speak out often are retaliated against while their perpetrators go unpunished. Questions– Since a lapse in discipline generally goes hand in hand with degraded combat efficiency, what were these squadrons readiness ratings like? If these squadrons [...]
Got to see a B-25 fly over the Pentagon this morning en route to Arlington. It was pretty neat. BTW– Any VMI airmen out there want to join us? WE NEED AN AIRMAN.
The Beast, which is rapidly becoming my favorite on-line news source, has a great story about the 5 Billion wasted on the Universal Camouflage Pattern only to replaced less than ten years later with not one but three Multi-Cam versions of a field uniform. I have to wonder if the real waste is every service having their own field or as the navy calls them “Aquaflage” uniforms? I know the USMC is very proud of their service to our nation, as they should be, and part of that pride is a unique MARPAT uniform. I have never met a Marine [...]
These things come in threeshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/air-force-fires-commander-of-land-based-us-nuclear-arsenal/2013/10/11/78b9565e-3293-11e3-8686-68fca83a474f_story.html?hpid=z3 so what is happening in our Strategic Triad.
Bill Roggio and Lisa Lundquist ask some good questions. I’ll add one to their list: what if the US hits Syria’s WMD stocks? The British reporters seem to have caught on. The Wall Street Journal: Champion of OPSEC? With the WH broadcasting the basic plan, the USAF vs. Russian ADA fight is going to be intense. Meanwhile, cyber warfare continues. Hacking financial systems have more impact than Tomahawks and bombers.
Who needs coffee when nuclear surety is in question. ICBM wings undergo multiple types of inspections. The one at Malmstrom was a “surety” inspection, which the Pentagon defines as “nuclear weapon system safety, security and control.” The point is to ensure that no nuclear weapon is accidentally, inadvertently or deliberately armed or launched without presidential authority.
Mid-air collision, one pilot ejects but is rescued. Now, there’s at least one VMI grad flying F-16s in the DC Air Guard but I don’t think he was involved. My question for all of the Air Force folk out there– How easily does that plane get replaced? And wher does it come from?