31 October 2009

Current Events: The Pentagons New Map -World View

As an intro: Prof Barnett is a sought after briefer by the DoD, SecDef, ALL the services, corporations and even foreign governments. This video is the core of his political science view of how the world really works. Its simple and to the point. The core point: Connectivity (the flow of information) influences and changes everything... If you want to find a strategic ruler to help measure current/tactical events, he offers it up here. This video was embedded from CSPAN.

CTWG: Wing Finance Officer Wanted

The Connecticut Wing is in need of a Wing Finance Officer. We need someone with strong attention to detail to fill this prestigious position. The Wing Finance Officer is a key player who will work with the Wing Commander and staff, with our thirteen squadrons, and with National Headquarters staff.

The Wing Finance Officer is assigned to CT-001, and reports to the Chief of Staff. He or she must be available every Wednesday night and at other days as required.

Fortunately, we already have some capable Finance Assistants at Wing. However, they are unable to commit to every Wednesday night.

Some accounting and/or bookkeeping experience is necessary. We and National Headquarters staff will train the Wing Finance Officer for the CAP-specific aspects of the position.

Any officer or NCO grade is acceptable. We prefer that the Wing Finance Officer has been a member of CAP for at least one year.

Applicants should contact the Chief of Staff (and Wing Commander designate) Lt Col Cassandra Huchko

Pete Jensen, Col, CAP
Commander
Connecticut Wing

29 October 2009

Current Events: A more transparent Iraq

Hat tip to Neptunuslex.com

We honestly don't hear a lot about Iraq anymore. In an op-ed article by David Ignatius of the Washington Post he looks at the changes in Iraq while touring with General Petraeus.

His core observation:

"(My) Iraqi friends were surprisingly upbeat about the future, even after Sunday’s terrible bombings. “In every sector, Iraq is coming back to its normal mode,” said one. “There is no way it will slip back,” insisted the other. I wondered at their confidence on such a day, but that is part of the Iraqi toughness."

"Rather than talking about the bombings, we talked politics. My friends sharply criticized the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. But as we were debating, one turned to me with a smile: “Here we are talking about who will run the government after the elections. Could you do that in any other country in the Arab world?”

More here...

Safety: FAA: 2 jets came within 90 feet on ground at LAX

At the CT Wing Conference last weekend, this exact scenario was shown on tape. The conclusion was; The crew got so active in pre-takeoff activities they forgot to hold as ordered. The solutions: Stay on task, obey sterile cockpit rules and if your not sure you have clearance - don't cross, ask again (don't be embarrassed to do so). Finally, if your on an unfamiliar airport ask for a progressive. Arrogance and or protecting the personal ego is always dangerous.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration has determined a runway incursion brought two passenger planes within 90 feet of each other on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport.
FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said Wednesday the incident occurred Sunday.

It involved a Midwest Express jet that landed and taxied toward a runway on which a Northwest Airlines Boeing 757 was taking off for Honolulu.

The Midwest Express jet, arriving from Milwaukee, was told to turn onto a taxiway and hold there. Fergus says the jet was supposed to stop 200 feet from the edge of a parallel runway but continued on.

Investigators plan to question the pilots of both planes. Here...

27 October 2009

CTWG: The Passing of Col David Belcher

To All CTWG Officers

It is my very sad duty to report that Colonel David Belcher died today after a long battle with cancer. Col Belcher was a devoted husband and father, a fine officer, and an excellent pilot. He was well respected as Commander of the Massachusetts Wing, and, I would add, a good friend to the Connecticut Wing. Called before his time, he will be sorely missed.

Pete Jensen, Col, CAP
Commander
Connecticut Wing

26 October 2009

CAP:

For ALL CTWG Officers

Commander and CAC Reps - Please Also Shre With Your Cadets

(Received from National Headquarters 10/25/09)

It is with deep regret that I inform you that one of the great ladies of Civil Air Patrol passed away yesterday. Colonel Louisa S. Morse was the Delaware Wing Commander from 1953 to 1976, Middle East Region Commander from 1976 to 1979 and then National Controller from 1979 to 1983. She was inducted into the CAP Hall of Honor in 1982. A memorial service will be held on, Tuesday, 27 October, at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W 13th St, Wilmington, DE 19806. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the Delaware Wing.

In the event you never had the opportunity to meet this remarkable lady, I've attached some background information. She was a tremendous support of Civil Air Patrol for many years and will surely be missed.


SUSAN P. PARKER
National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol
105 S. Hansell Street
Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6332

25 October 2009

USAF: Powering Up the T-Bolt


Hat tip to Blackfive.net

Lightning strikes behind several A-10 Thunderbolt IIs on the flightline during an early morning thunderstorm on Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Oct. 20, 2009. The 442nd Fighter Wing maintains a fleet of 27 A-10s. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston

22 October 2009

USAF: Major Technology Review Underway

In the midst of a deeply entrenched identity crisis, the U.S. Air Force is turning to technology as the potential answer to some of its problems.

Air Force Chief Scientist Werner Dahm is conducting a sweeping "Technology Horizons" study to lay out technological opportunities that could produce useful applications for the service.

"I don't think in the history of the Air Force we've been at a turning point like this. Maybe the closest was the Sputnik launch," Dahm tells Aviation Week. "What does the Air Force do when it is faced with a radically different future? Part of what it does is reach into its science and technology domain."

The study will look 20 years ahead, with an eye toward implementing near-term investment decisions aimed at producing relevant military systems. "We are not talking about pie in the sky," Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said last month.

The Air Force spends roughly $2 billion annually on science and technology projects, as much as the rest of the Defense Dept. spends on similar research. The goal of Dahm's review is to identify those projects that could realistically change how the Air Force accomplishes its missions -- such as the advent of the GPS constellation. The results are expected in late February. More here...

21 October 2009

Aero: Ares I-X


Oct. 20: As the sun rises over Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 327-foot-tall Ares I-X rocket, secured to a mobile launcher platform, prepares to climb the five percent grade of the crawler way to the top of the pad.

The $445 million rocket's rollout comes on the eve of a final report from an independent committee appointed by the White House to review NASA's plans for future human spaceflight.

Not since the April 1981 test flight of NASA's space shuttle Columbia has NASA test launched a new rocket designed to carry astronauts into space.

Like Columbia and its external tank, the towering Ares I-X rocket is painted in all white and gleamed in the glare of blazing xenon spotlights as it emerged from the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building. But unlike that first shuttle flight, Ares I-X will be unmanned. More photos here...

18 October 2009

Curr Events: Sunday Highlight

Tehran threatens swift retribution for suicide attack, Iranian speaker accuses Obama

Gen. Nur-Ali Shushtari, terrorist commander dies in suicide bombing.
Seven high-ranking Iranian officers, including at least two generals, and several tribal leaders were among the 31 people who died in a suicide bombing attack on their meeting in the Sistan-Baluchi provincial town of Pisheen early Sunday,Oct 18.

Tehran vowed swift retribution, soon after Parliament speaker Ali Larijani accused the US.

Washington condemned the attack and rejected the charge of involvement.

Federal Deficit Hits Record $1.42 Trillion

WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit has surged to an all-time high of $1.42 trillion as the recession caused tax revenues to plunge while the government was spending massive amounts to stabilize the financial system and jump-start the economy.

The imbalance for the budget year ended Sept. 30, more than tripled last year's record. The Obama administration projects deficits will total $9.1 trillion over the next decade unless corrective action is taken.

Gates Seeks Aid on Afghanistan As U.S. Waffles

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon's chief is undertaking the tricky task of convincing allies to remain committed to the war in Afghanistan even as the Obama administration continues to debate whether to send more troops to fight.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates himself is undecided — at least publicly — on whether to order more forces to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan as his top commander there has requested or to focus more narrowly on al-Qaida terrorists believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

Gates leaves Sunday on a weeklong mission to Japan, Korea and Slovakia — in part to ask NATO partners and Asian allies for continued contributions to a war now in its ninth year.

Pakistan - Anti-Taliban Operations

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan moved thousands of troops into the militant stronghold of South Waziristan on Saturday, the army said, beginning a long-anticipated ground offensive against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in treacherous terrain that has stymied the army in the past.

Troops moved in from Shakhai, Razmak, and Jandola.
The operation is the most ambitious by the Pakistani Army against the militants, who have unleashed a torrent of attacks against top security installations in the last 10 days in anticipation of the military assault. The militants’ targets included the army headquarters where planning for the new offensive had been under way for four months.

U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects

Study finds $2.6 billion taken from guns and ammunition

Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.

Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.

While earmarks are hardly new in Washington, "in 30 years on Capitol Hill, I never saw Congress mangle the defense budget as badly as this year," said Winslow Wheeler, a former Senate staffer who worked on defense funding and oversight for both Republicans and Democrats.

CTWG: Wing Conference Update

The 2009 CTWG Conference is only a week away! The hotel requires that we
provide a final number for the buffets four days in advance, so if you have
not yet registered, please send your registration to wing today.

The only registrations we can take at the door on Saturday are cadet conference
registrations. SENIOR CONFERENCE AND ALL BANQUET/CADET BALL REGISTRATIONS
WILL NOT BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR ON SATURDAY.

To recap the activities offered at this year's conference:

On Saturday, 24OCT09:

For cadets:
Outdoor classes for BCUT and Standard First Aid. Wing Communications Staff
will teach the BCUT class in the morning and USAF Reserve Medics from the
439th Air Medical Staging Squadron based at Westover, ARB will teach the
Standard First Aid class. These classes meet the requirements for Ground
Team Member 3 SQTR tasks. An MRE lunch will be provided. Please dress
appropriately for the weather.

For Seniors:
Seminars include:, Eservices Basics, Recruiting and Retention, Squadron Activities, Public Affairs,AEX Program.

There will be a Check Pilot School and classroom training on the G1000.

The FAA will be conducting the following seminars:
10: 00 AM: FAA Inspector and FAA Safety Team Manager, Mr. Albert Schnur from
Farmingdale, LI Office will present a program on the FAA Safety Team web
site and the new wings, proficient pilot program.

11:00 AM: Mr. Kenneth MacDonald, Safety Analyst Pilot for the New England
Office of Runway Safety, Burlington, MA, will present a program on runway
safety.

1:00 PM: Dr. Robert Dodenhoff, FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, FAA Safety
Team Representative and local pilot will present a program on the The Aging
Pilot or how to keep our health and our medical certificate.

2:00: PM: Presentation of FAA Safety DVD, " Survivability " Learning how to
get down safely during precautionary landings, emergency landings and
ditching. This if followed by a segment on equipping yourself until the
troops, I mean, CAP arrives. This DVD touches on ELTs, 121.50, and P.L.B.s I
do not believe it gets into the 406 change over. This DVD will run a full
hour and if time permits,I will present the following.

3:00 PM: FAA-ASF Non-Tower Airport Operations video will be presented.

For All:

CTWG Annual Awards Banquet starting at 1800 and the annual Colonel Howard E.
Palmer Cadet Ball immediately following the banquet.

The annual CTWG Color Guard Competition will be held on Sunday, 25OCT09.
There are four color guard teams that will be competing, spectators are
welcome.

We hope to see you all at the conference,

CTWG: PAO Program Fall 2009 and 2010

Now is the best time to start looking for squadron PAOs and or getting your existing ones up to warp speed.

Starting the end of this month, NER PA headed up by Capt James Ridley will begin pressing forward on growing PA operations throughout the region. As part of this, CTWG PA will be participating in Region wide conference calls covering upcoming events and support to the squadrons. We will be passing on any helpful information to the squadrons as soon as its received.

Additionally, a new NatHQ PA, PAO Specialty Path course is scheduled to be available, on line, in early 2010. This will help update the PAO training program greatly.

At our upcoming Wing Conference a 50 minute PAO workshop will be offered. The topic will be "A PAO Quick Start". That is, the quickest, fewest steps needed to get a beginner PAO up to operational pace. Please take advantage of it.

Sincerely,
1LT Rob Johnson
CTWG PAO

16 October 2009

Aero: Farewell to the man who made supersonic flight posible


Hat tip to NeptunusLex.com's comments, below.

Wall Street Journal

Farewell to the man that gave us supersonic flight:

Mr. Richard T. Whitcomb, who died Oct. 13 at age 88, solved a problem that had bedeviled aviation engineers, whose designs couldn’t achieve supersonic flight even though they seemed to have enough power. Increased wind resistance at speeds approaching the speed of sound was the problem. Engineers took to calling it the “sound barrier.”

Mr. Whitcomb’s solution was to taper the airplane’s fuselage in a manner he often likened to a Coke bottle, which dramatically reduced drag. Within three years of Mr. Whitcomb’s discovery in 1951, U.S. Air Force interceptors were flying at supersonic speeds.
Initial designs were centered around the shape of bullets, since bullets were known to travel at supersonic speeds. But shock wave build-ups tended to interfere with each other in the three dimensional application of winged flight at transonic flight, when the airflow around the body no longer acts as an incompressible fluid.

Whitcomb’s coke bottle design, when combined with swept wing geometry, permitted high powered aircraft to push through and eventually detach their shock waves.

To be fair, other scientists were there first, including a German named Otto Frenzl in 1943. But Whitcomb – who independently discovered the same phenomenon in 1952 – was the first to successfully operationalize it, giving your correspondent and his friends many moments of hair-on-fire raging around.

For which we thank him.

15 October 2009

CTWG: Conference Update


"Heads up"

Newly designed CTWG SAR DAWGS T-Shirts will be available for purchase at $20, at the Wing Conference. If the immediate supply runs out, we will take orders for another run. Additionally, Hooded Sweatshirts will also be available on an order basis only at $38 (there will be a sample). The above art is only the draft concept. The full color art will be printed later.

Checks appreciated.

CTWG -PA

CTWG: ATV Use Regulation

To All CTWG Officers

Commanders and CAC Reps - Please Also Share With Your Cadets

Pursuant to a number of ATV-related incidents around the nation. I must remind all personnel that any and all cadet use of ATVs as either driver or passenger at any CAP activity is now expressly prohibited in CAPR 77-1.

Commanders are asked to review the latest version of CAPR 77-1 (available in E-Services) which contains this and other updated provisions concerning vehicles.

Pete Jensen, Col, CAP
Commander
Connecticut Wing

05 October 2009

USAF: Cyber Space Career Opportunities


Cyber Space: On October 1st 2009 U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) became a reality. With high expectations and very little fanfare the efforts led by U.S. Strategic Command began to protect the nation from cyber assault. There are reports that the cyber command initiation efforts to date required the reorganization of 40,000 job positions.

An additional 1,000 new jobs are scheduled to be added to cyber command in the not so distant future. The same day the Navy announced it was reorganizing their intelligence gathering capabilities in order to maintain intelligence supremacy in cyberspace. In addition, Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Commander of Air Force Space Command stated that space and cyberspace are intertwined and their integrally connected existence.

At the same time all these military activities were becoming a reality, the Department of Homeland Security said they need to hire 1,000 cyber specialists in the next few years.

Questions about cyber command far outweigh what we know. Very little operational information is publically available. The specifics of Cyber Command's mission and operational modalities are being closely guarded. However, real-time cyber intelligence has been recognized as a critical element of cyber defense.

Cyber security threats rose nearly threefold last year. Last month, the U.S. Intelligence Director Dennis Blair grouped China, Iran, North Korea and Russia as nations with the ability to "challenge US interests in traditional and emerging ways". This clearly indicates the magnitude of the cyber threat and the challenge faced by cyber command.

All these activities indicate of how serious the U.S. is taking the growing threats we face in cyberspace. October has been designated Cyber Security awareness month. Is your system fully protected?

FACT - Cyber Command is a subordinate, unified command under the Strategic Command.
FACT - Director of the NSA, (dual-hatted) Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander will receive a promotion to a 4-stars and will be the Nation's first Cyber commander.
FACT - The latest industry statistics stated that a cyber attack occurs every .25 seconds.
FACT - It is estimated that only about 30 percent of cyber attacks are reported.

01 October 2009

Morale: Leadership Traits & Principals


Some thoughts on positive Leadership Traits & Principals.

Hat tip to Castrapraetoria1.blogspot.com. Note: We redacted it just a bit… PS: Castra Praetoria were the ancient barracks (castra) of the Praetorian Guard of Imperial Rome (under Tiberius).

Core Values

Honor: Hold to the highest standards, ethically and morally. Respect for others is essential. Expect to act responsibly in a manner befitting the title you have or will earn.

Courage: Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to face fear and overcome it. It is the mental moral and physical strength that must be ingrained. It steadies us in times of stress, carries us through every challenge and aids us in facing new and unknown confrontations.

Commitment: Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in us all. It is what compels us to serve our country and our service. Every aspect of life in service shows commitment, from the high standard of excellence to vigilance in training.

Leadership Traits

Justice - Giving reward and punishment according to merits of the case in question. The ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.

Judgment - The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.

Dependability - The certainty of proper performance of duty.

Integrity - Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty.

Decisiveness - Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.

Tact - The ability to deal with others without creating offense.

Initiative - Taking action in the absence of orders.

Endurance - The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship.

Bearing - Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct at all times.

Unselfishness - Avoidance of providing for one's own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.

Knowledge - Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one's information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of your Marines.

Loyalty - The quality of faithfulness to country, the Corps, the unit, to one's seniors, subordinates and peers.

Enthusiasm - The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty.

Leadership Principles

• Know yourself and seek self-improvement.
• Be technically and tactically proficient.
• Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates.
• Make sound and timely decisions.
• Set the example.
• Know your charges and look out for their welfare.
• Keep your charges informed.
• Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.
• Ensure assigned tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.
• Train your charges as a team.
• Employ your command in accordance with its capabilities.