Accession Number:

ADA523051

Title:

Blue Moon Rising? Air Force Institutional Challenges to Producing Senior Joint Leaders

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-20

Pagination or Media Count:

71.0

Abstract:

The limited number of geographic combatant command billets entrusted to Airmen implies that the nations political and civilian leaders do not put faith in the Air Forces leadership development process when it comes time to select strategic level joint commanders for multi-medium operations. This paper seeks to answer the following the question What institutional factors prevent senior Air Force general officers from gaining the strategic and political experience to be competitive for geographic combatant command billets The author proposes that the Joint Force Air Component Commander JFACC position remain the ultimate focal point of warfighter development for the institutional Air Force. Institutional priorities early in Airmens careers fail to put the appropriate emphasis on the joint staff assignments that are necessary to build competitive credentials. To determine the validity of the hypothesis, the author will briefly examine how the Air Forces historical culture and identity set the stage for todays emphasis on the JFACC. Second, the issue of centralized control of airpower assets during conflicts has been a continual sore point among the services. A short historical summary of the debate during major conflicts in the 20th century -- World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War -- will lay the foundation for current Air Force organizational priorities to create standing and trained staffs capable of filling the JFACC role in a moments notice. Finally, selection for and success as a wing commander are required if airmen are to serve in the senior general officer ranks within the Air Force every current four-star general in the service led at least one wing during his career. The paper will examine the biographies of current wing commanders to determine any developmental path trends.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE