Defense Secretary Mark Esper is stepping into the commotion over disgraced Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, asking for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over the matter and directing that Gallagher keep his trident, the Pentagon announced late Sunday night. Esper lost trust and confidence in Spencer, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement, "regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House" concerning Gallagher.
“As he decides what should be sacrificed to align with the defense strategy, he should beware of the Gates trap,” writes Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow with the American Enterprise Institute. “Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates oversaw many efficiency drills on the job. The weapons and equipment cancelations he pushed through led to outcomes that still plague the Defense Department to this day.”
In her first formal interview since becoming Air Force secretary, Barbara Barrett told Air Force Television about her youth, her life’s journey, and how those experiences make the Air Force a good match.
IG Found Former Academy Commandant Misused Travel, Had Poor Command Climate; She Will Seek Redress for Firing
An inspector general report released Nov. 21 found Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin, former commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., failed to maintain a healthy command climate, and broke multiple travel regulations. But Goodwin’s attorney on Nov. 21 said the Air Force’s inspector general failed to properly investigate an allegation of toxic leadership, and will seek redress for her removal. He also said she had suffered “bigotry, bias, and discrimination" as a married gay officer at the academy.
Lawmakers in May stood up the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a 16-person panel charged with reviewing US cyber strategy and recommending policy changes to improve the country’s response to digital threats. Nextgov recently sat down with the commission’s co-chairman Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) to discuss gaps in US cyber policy, the high turnover among national security officials, and what we can expect from the commission’s report.
US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircrews participated in live-fire training operations with the US Army over the Pohakuloa Training Area, located on the big island of Hawaii, Nov. 15 and 18. During the two separate days, two B-52 bombers coordinated with members of the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron and US Army Pacific 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team joint terminal attack controllers, also known as JTACs, to deliver a mixed payload of unguided, precision-guided, and laser-guided weapons.
More than 10 years in prison. Or nothing at all. Those are two possible outcomes facing a Kirtland Air Force Base airman after he fatally struck a woman with his car in southeast Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this year.
“Now, during this time, you’ll hear from some of my friends and some of my favorite leaders across the Air Force and around the world, and we’ll be discussing all things leadership,” Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright explains in Episode 1 of the new podcast, which features him in conversation with Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell. “Our goal is to provide insights, tips, and ultimately, we wanna help current and future leaders find their path and reach their leadership goals.”