Air Force Core Values: A Note on Integrity

In 1995, the Air Force selected “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do” as its core values to instill in new airmen. While I believe that integrity, service, and excellence are all good qualities, there is something slightly amiss about how these characteristics are actually taught and enforced. I was recently…

Guest Blog: Repeal the AUMF

The Authorization for Use of Military Force was signed in September 2001 as a response to the 9/11 attack. Unfortunately, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the AUMF has morphed into a no-holds-barred sanction for military action anytime, anywhere, any place. Justin Pavoni writes an excellent article on the folly and far-reaching…

Dismantling the Oath of Office

Every commissioned officer in the US military has taken an oath as a condition of military service. But what does this mean?  The text of the oath is very specific, but what about its practical application?  What are the implications if those who take the oath are asked to violate its principles?  These are incredibly important considerations, and…

Does Bowe Bergdahl = 5 Taliban Commanders?

Bowe Bergdahl has caused quite the uproar among the military community lately. The soldier, who may or may not have deserted his post in 2009, was recently released in a prisoner exchange for five Taliban members who had been held at Guantanamo. For all the debate regarding whether Bergdahl is a traitor, the conditions of his…