Over at the National Journal, they apparently think the Army provides its own close air support, hence the headline Army Drops 500 lbs Bomb on Own Outpost. While the Army is certainly capable of fratricide in this case if there had been casualties it would have been most likely the USAF.
SMSgt Mac delivers a fisking of David Axe’s recent article on the F-35. It’s long and worth the read. Thank you SMSgt Mac! I first encountered the term ‘Punk Journalism’ in the headline of a UK newspaper article online while surfing the web years ago. The article is currently preserved elsewhere, but it struck me at the time that it provided the keywords and framework for extracting a very workable definition of same: Punk Journalism: \ˈpəŋk jər-nə-ˌli-zəm’\ : Reporting or commentary that is sullied by scorn, prejudice and petulance, is wrong or distorted on the facts, and delivered in a [...]
During a discussion of Jed Babbin’s commentary on the SecAF, the talk changed from a discussion Captain Thomas J. Hudner’s attempt to save Ensign Jesse L. Brown to a comparison of MiGs and Sabre-jets over Korea to the air war over Vietnam and Pardo’s Push.
Can we afford it? The Pentagon’s latest weapons testing report is not kind to the $400-billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the military’s biggest and arguably most troubled program. The annual report by the Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation includes 20 pages listing the Lockheed Martin-built JSF’s ongoing problems. A jack-of-all-trades radar-evading jet meant to replace no fewer than 2,400 existing fighters in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, the F-35 has been dogged by budget overruns, schedule delays and redesigns. Overly complex in order to satisfy the diverse needs of three military branches, the [...]
A good friend, and a recently retired USAF Missile officer sent me some thoughts on the on-going troubles in the USAF missile community. No need to walk down the list of ICBM cock ups. You’ve already seen ‘em and I don’t want to list them. So what’s happening out there in the cold white north? Like Patton said, ‘a blind man could see it.’ Leadership. Capital “L” leadership. ICBM commanders don’t practice it, they don’t live it, and they don’t love it. These clowns wouldn’t know leadership if it grabbed their wife on the ass. Missileers are quality troops, smart, [...]
Our Air Force: cheating and drugs and fingers on the trigger in the nuclear force. Where in the samhill are the adults?
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This is NOT from DuffelBlog, but I had to read it closely and check the URL to make sure. An Air Force officer asserts that things, are on the whole, just fine in the nuclear force: The article concerning trouble in the intercontinental ballistic missile community [“ ‘Burnout’ in the nuclear force,” Dec. 2] mischaracterizes the atmosphere within the community as one of malaise and “burnout.” As a former missile squadron commander, I can tell you that impression of the missile force is inaccurate. The problem stems from a Rand study, commissioned by the Air Force, to look objectively at [...]
I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known. The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.” It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001. However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in [...]
Most readers know by now that I do not have a favorable professional opinion of our Air Force. So for you in and of the Blue, tell me why you love the US Air Force, and why you stuck it out, whether for one hitch or a career. You tell us why America needs a US Air Force. This is your thread and I personally look forward to your responses, good, bad or indifferent.