Inside The Geriatric Unit: US Air Force Struggles To Keep Aging Aircraft Flying By Associated Press

DeM Banter: a little ink for the USAF and issues we share with the USN. Many issues here, from a lack of strategy to a decrepit acquisitions system that must adapt and change soon, but as noted by retired Gen Wald in an earlier post...we can to it all cheaper and more efficiently, but there …

Should ‘The Generals’ Get Fired More Often? By NPR Staff

view original / npr.org DeM Banter:   Reading Thomas E Ricks' book now... it sure it getting a lot of ink...any one else picked it up yet? One issue that has received little attention in this year's presidential race is the war in Afghanistan. But according to Thomas E. Ricks, we should be paying attention — specifically …

Colin Powell on why he doesn’t regret a thing by Nigel Farndale

telegraph.co.uk / view original / Nigel Farndale DeM Banter:  an American Hero... Reagan and Bush trusted him. Bill Clinton feared him. Opponents of the war in Iraq blamed him. But why didn’t Colin Powell seize power when he had the chance? Having read that General Colin Powell insists on punctuality, I arrive an hour before my appointment at …

Unmanned aerial vehicles Death From Afar: The Economist

DeM Banter: more discussion and debate...wonder when this will all come to a head? And what event will cause it? The Economist November 3, 2012 America uses drones a lot, in secret and largely unencumbered by declared rules. Worries about that abound, not least in the administration Drones are hardly synonymous with harmony. But in …

Think Tank Recommends Ways To Rein In Military Pay, Benefits By Kellie Lunney

DeM Banter: something has got to give...no? If Mil Pay is to be adjusted, does this make sense? GovExec.com November 1, 2012 The government must reform military pay and benefits to help the Defense Department rein in spending, according to a new report from a left-leaning think tank. The Center for American Progress praised Pentagon …