Thursday, June 05, 2008

Maybe Gates will make them report to the US Army

Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, has fired/forced to retire the Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff General Michael Moseley. According to the article, it was over the shipping to Taiwan of four electrical fuses for ballistic missles and the accidental arming of a B-52 with nuke missiles and flying it across the country without anyone noticing last August.

I am impressed that Secretary Gates decided to make their heads roll, but I also think it was due to the Air Force's not being a "team player". If the Secretary of Defense gives the Army, the Navy or the Marine Corps an order, they will stand up, salute and say "Yes sir, yes sir. Two bags full sir!". However, he gives the same order to the Air Force, and all he gets are excuses. Case in point: recently, he criticised Air Force leadership about dragging feet over putting more Predator UAVs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead of getting with the program, the Air Force sits around and makes excuses.

How do we fix the problem? Rename the Air Force the Army Air Corps and make them report to the US Army. That will go a long way to make the Air Farce more of a team player.



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