USAF shoots mouth, hits foot

Bob Cox at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s SkyTalk blog alerts us:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, apparently tired of the Air Force’s very open campaign to buy hundreds more F-22 fighters despite Pentagon policies, has reminded the service’s top brass that civilians dictate military policy in the U.S. and not vice versa.

The story comes from pro Pentagon reporter Peter Spiegel at the Los Angeles Times. He reports:

One senior defense official called the remarks by Gen. Bruce Carlson, who heads the Air Force command responsible for testing and developing new weapons, “borderline insubordination,” because they contradicted a decision by the president.

Oh dear.
I actually hate it when this kind of thing happens. You may agree or not with what Carlson said. But he unguardedly stated what every USAF officer above the rank of ROTC cadet quietly believes. In my book, Carlson, who I’ve known to answer questions honestly, deserves a medal for candor and applause for lack of discretion.
Gates may put up a fight over this. But, then again, his job comes with a rather early expiration date. The USAF, Lockheed Martin, and the F-22′s legislative allies are surely aware of this. But now they’ll just stop talking.

2 Responses to USAF shoots mouth, hits foot

  1. mindchatter 15 February, 2008 at 7:59 pm #

    Wait a sec. The Navy wants more ships. The Army want more tanks. The Air Force wants more planes. Unfortunately we can’t all have what we want.

    The Congress and the President decide what the military will get and it’s part of the job to suck it up and do the best you can. This guy should be fired for stating that he will deliberately go against the wishes of his superiors.

    Of course we shouldn’t be surprised, this administration sees nothing wrong with ignoring the law when it presents an inconvenient barrier.

  2. Dennis Jackson 18 February, 2008 at 2:25 am #

    Spent alot of years in the Military, You can disagree all you want, but when you start taking your gripes public you usually get what
    you deserve.

    LOTs of other things are probably more important than the F-22 right now. What do you expect will happen with all of these “broken” F-15s? Probably will be flying for the next 20 years for some other country through FMS.

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