William B. Scott A FICTIONAL SCENARIO The first casualties were small teams of Taliban thugs going door-to-door in Kabul, searching for Americans and Afghan nationals who had aided the U.S. and its allies. Armed with detailed lists, biometric identification data and state-of-the-art military gear abandoned at Bagram Air Base, the arrogant fighters were unmerciful. As … [Read more...] about TERRORIZING THE TALIBAN
Aerospace & Military
Perspectives from five decades of flying as a pilot, U.S. Air Force crew member, flight test engineer and aerospace reporter.
Warfighting has moved well beyond the realms of land, sea and air, and is now being waged daily in cyberspace. Over the past few decades, military units engaged primarily in computer network defense (CND) have focused on keeping low-level hackers and nation-state bad actors from penetrating critical U.S. systems. Cyber-warriors now cautiously launch limited computer … [Read more...] about CyberWar: What if…?
Space Shuttle Challenger Astronauts - 28 January 1986 Thirty-three years ago today, a dear friend and colleague, Colonel Ellison Onizuka, died in the horrific explosion that destroyed space shuttle Challenger and killed seven astronauts, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. El was one of America’s finest—an accomplished astronaut, flight test engineer and Air Force officer. … [Read more...] about Honoring the Challenger Seven
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 … [Read more...] about U.S. Air Force’s Tight-Lip Policies Will Backfire