Posts made in January, 2014

Cheating Nukes

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The fact that half the officers with the Nuclear Keys at Malmstrom AFB appear to be connected in some way to the emerging exam cheating scandal gives me the heebie-jeebies. SECAF James is admirably stepping up to get things turned around. This article in AF Times says SECDEF Hagel and SECAF James are convening the inevitable commission to admire the problem. Among other things they are going to consider are cultural issues, differences between testing and training, accountability, professional training, core values, incentives, et.al. WOW! But I don’t think these folks decided to cheat...

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Leadership: What Works!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Leadership | 0 comments

There has been a lot about leadership in the news lately (Check out yesterday’s comments).  I read this morning in the Army Times about one retired general’s efforts to improve his post-military image by hiring an image consultant!  I would rather focus on what’s going right and hope, that in doing that, we could actually fix what is going wrong.  One thing is for sure:  You should spend your time fixing those things you already know are wrong before trying to figure out what else is wrong.  Federal agencies and companies spend lots of time and money on conducting employee...

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Pentagon Wish List

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I saw this article in Bloomberg News  on the Pentagon Wish List this morning.  In my days in the Pentagon we always had an unfunded list to share with the Hill.  Inevitably, the day after the President’s Budget was submitted the Hill was asking for the list.  Back then we didn’t share with OSD.  It was all part of the strategy.  There was the regular budget submission (those things that everyone wanted), the Gold Watch list (things we left out but were sure to be included  in law because of Hill support) and the Unfunded list (those things we really wanted but OSD didn’t...

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Pentagon Investigates Abusive Leaders

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Big blurb in the Post this morning, but I’m not sure it’s “news.”  Some of our most legendary leaders could probably be characterized as “abusive”, but generally (pardon the pun!) they were abusive to knuckleheads and fiercely loyal to those who did their jobs.  We can all name a few folks who seemed to have forgotten that they were promoted to senior ranks not by the sheer force of their personality, but by the deeds and actions of those who worked for them.  When that happens the system almost always gets it right and fixes the problem.  Usually the...

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Government Transformation Initiative

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Federal IT | 0 comments

Here’s a statistic I read in Federal Computer Week that will open your eyes: “Last year, the GAO documented close to $10 billion in failed IT projects and continues to identify hundreds of millions of dollars in duplicative and ineffective IT systems.”  The problem is although we have plenty of watchdog organizations to discover these sorts of facts, agencies seem to be powerless to fix them. The Government Transformation Initiative is designed to provide the President and Congress with specific courses of action to fix the problems uncovered by our various watchdog...

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