Gates Reshaping the Air Force
Defense secretary Bob Gates continues what he started in firing the Air Force secretary and chief of staff by replacing them with people who are from a decidedly different mold: Michael Donley, currently the Pentagon’s director of administration and management, and General Norton Schwartz, the head of Transportation Command who came up through the special operations chain. As Phil Carter notes, Gates seems to be explicitly working to break the Air Force’s “fighter-bomber jock culture.”
It’s high time.
Unfortunately, time’s running out on Gates, unless he’s kept on by the next administration. In any case, changing the core service culture of the Air Force will take years of sustained effort.