Commentaries

  • EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT LEADERSHIP

    As I look back on the past year, we have seen some crises begin to wane. Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome safely resettled more than 70,000 Afghans into the United States. The effectiveness of our pandemic response has enabled nearly all of our bases to return to Health

  • CAPACITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND VALUE

    About six months ago, I had the honor of representing our nation at the annual NATO days in the Czech Republic. The primary focus of my visit was to continue to strengthen military-to‑military relationships across the alliance. Foremost in the minds of our allies was increasing Russian aggression. I

  • Department of Defense Launches New Cyber Awareness Campaign

    The first email in history was sent in 1971, by a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson. Later that same year the first computer virus, a simple worm-type program named Creeper, was written and released by Bob Thomas. For the few months in between, none of the very few people who had access to email

  • Check in before they check out

    He had cleaned out his locker so he could go home and kill himself. He squeezed out the front door of his junior high school carrying a pile of books, two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder (remember those things?). Of course, it was too much and he tripped, objects

  • Readiness…Left of the phone call

    I was a first lieutenant at the time, a KC-10 aircraft commander and an Air Reserve Technician.  I was on my way to work on what was an absolutely gorgeous morning.  I had the sunroof open and rock music blaring (sadly songs only found on classic rock stations now), and I had not a care in the

  • Media Literacy: How we protect our Airmen from themselves

    Oftentimes, when we think of defending military assets, we think of fences, secure badge-in facilities, and Security Forces Defenders at our gates. But often these aren’t enough to secure the Air Force’s most precious resource, its Airmen. In recent years, the Air Force has placed a much greater

  • 'TRUST IS THE ESSENCE OF LEADERSHIP'

    "Leadership involves solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."- Secretary Colin Powell

  • Trust in relationships…

    How do we decide who to trust? To whom will we give a spare key? Which babysitter should we hire? Who do we confide in? (Note: Asking a person if we can trust them almost never results in a negative response).

  • A Culture of Modernization is a mindset, not a buzz phrase

    While our Air Force’s weapon systems and the way we fight have evolved through the years, our adversaries have continued to find ways to match our capabilities. The challenge of navigating government bureaucracy – with decades of institutional inertia – threatens our ability to innovate and