posted by Bill Scott
A new generation of U.S. Air Force leaders is about to relearn a painful lesson its predecessors had mastered decades ago. Unfortunately, the process of learning that lesson will damage both the air service and countless careers.
As the Gazette’s Tom Roeder reported on March 14th (Gazette story prompts new Air Force secrecy efforts), USAF policymakers are tightening their grip on information released to the public, ostensibly to improve “Operational Security”. Evidently, high-level officials in the Pentagon—and possibly the White House West Wing—believe local Air Force leaders and their professional public affairs officers (PAO) are sharing too much information and must be reigned-in. Never mind that some of that info has been public knowledge for three years or more. It’s time to clam up, particularly when it comes to military space ops.
Seasoned news reporters have seen this old movie before and know exactly how it will end—not good for the Air Force and Trump Administration. Predictably, a fresh crop of generals, admirals and West Wing advisors apparently decided that secrecy and a death-grip on national security-related information makes perfect sense. After all, why let potential adversaries like Russia, China, North Korea and Iran know a single thing about America’s warfighting capabilities? Tight-lips don’t sink ships or kill satellites, right? (more…)