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  1. Worked out great for Maj Nidal Hasan.
  2. Hacker

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I just love this interview...this guy has future senator written all over him. Totally incapable of answering a simple question. Just an example: "AIRMAN MAGAZINE: When did the Air Force start noticing pilot manning issues in the fighter community?" Seems like a pretty simple question...when did you notice it? "BRIG. GEN. KOSCHESKI: The fighter pilot crisis manifested itself because when you only have single seat fighters, it becomes a cockpit training capacity issue quickly compared to larger aircraft with multi-seats, where you have an aircraft commander and a copilot. You have a little bit more flexibility to manage your pilot training. The crisis happened quickly in the fighters because of that very reason. But what we’re seeing is the same dynamics are in place for other career fields, and also because of the fighter pilot shortage, the mobility Air Force has been carrying some training shortfalls and pilot training to cover the shortage of fighter pilots. So, their effective manning has been hit and they’ve been doing more than their fair share, trying to help out while we heal the fighter pilot crisis." Okay...but WHEN DID YOU NOTICE THE ISSUES?? WHEN, not HOW or WHY. WHEN. It is a time-based question, sir. The answer should have some kind of chronological reference, like "in 2008 when Gen Welsh was going around USAFE asking fighter pilots why they aren't staying in", or "last week when one of my staffers left Baseops.net open on his computer and I started reading."
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    That is a guy who has only ever been in the Air Force, and is so self-indoctrinated that he doesn't even understand the concept of "quality of life" as it exists in the real world outside of big blue. Thus, his assessments and "solutions" are only viable when compared to other previous states of things in the AIr Force, rather than being a comparison to the greener pastures on the outside that pilots are fleeing to. Basically, a man incapable of actually seeing the bigger picture due to his enjoyment of smelling his own blue-tinged farts.
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Its even worse, since the pointy-nosed Generals are the ones who are leading the AF into the ditch in the first place.
  5. Hacker

    What's your favorite mission?

    That's how you know you've struck a nerve.
  6. Hacker

    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    I think the actual solution would be the opposite -- ensuring the PIT syllabus and graduation standards are high enough to take a MAF dude and make him a competent T-38 IP. I'd love to see MAF-background 38 IPs do a mandatory IEP (or multiple IEPs) to see what IFF is all about, too.
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Because this is how you get students who fly tac formation using the A-A TACAN, fly their turns using heading bugs and while looking at a PFR, execute the mechanics of the rejoin using numerical countdowns and airspeed cues, etc. In other words, all of the bad crutch techniques that have to be un-taught during the formation phase at IFF. Students who can't instead simply use the actual visual reference and "feel of the jet" techniques that are required to fly tac form while also being a good wingman. The techniques that, themselves, are only developed over many hours of having to fly tac form and also be an on-board systems and weapons manager, where you don't have time to use the crutches. Yet again, we are talking about experience, not talent.
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Because they do. Point?
  9. Hacker

    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    I don't. Honestly, if it were up to me, we wouldn't have them. FAIPs are fine when used among an experienced instructor corps who can moderate their lack of operational experience. They excel at what they know...and to a generally terrible job at teaching what they don't. When I was an IFF IP, one of my jobs was managing tracking the graduation-vs-washout statistics for the two IFF squadrons at Moody. For two straight years, there was a notably higher washout rate of students who had graduated from Vance vs any of the other winging pipelines. I participated in an IEP to Vance that was sort of a fact-finding expedition to see what was going on there. What we found was that at the time (04-05 timeframe) there were a large number of FAIPs and reduced contingent of IPs who were fresh from the CAF. We observed a number of things being taught that were poor technique and contrary to what was going to be expected of IFF students. When we asked some of the IPs (FAIPs and a couple of bomber-background IPs) why they were teaching what they did, they answered, "this is how they do it out in the CAF..." Further digging revealed that it had been a lot of FAIPs teaching FAIPs these techniques, and a lot of misunderstood 3rdhand "knowledge" leading to it. Furthermore, there weren't enough experienced IPs to call their bluff. So, again, it was not a talent issue, it was an experience issue.
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Unfortunately, in order for someone to learn how to be a good wingman, their teacher needs to have some idea of what that means. That's not about talent, that's about experience.
  11. Money, quality of life, not living under DoD's thumb, etc.
  12. Hacker

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Cannot be repeated enough.
  13. Hacker

    Gun Talk

    No experience with those magazines specifically, but I have never had luck with a multitude of ProMag products over the last 15-20 years.
  14. Hacker

    The new airline thread

    Good details to know. Most military dudes -- even those who are somewhat light on multi PIC time -- won't spend very long at the regionals (6-24 months), and could get caught in one of these traps.
  15. Hacker

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    The 2nd and 3rd order effects of cancerous leadership philosophies and a lack of mission focus sometimes take time to manifest themselves...especially when many of the problems were being masked by commanders (and line bros) who are conditioned/socialized to never say "no" or "can't". I always giggle about the "fields of friendly strife" quote from MacArthur that the AF loves to use, and how the Air Force conveniently forgets its corollaries about what fruits are later borne by mediocrity.