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Air Force Shakeup Continues with New Resignation

POSTED: 05:19 PM ET, 07/28/2008 by Derek Kravitz

A top Air Force official -- who was brought in to help improve the transparency of the service's acquisition process -- has resigned amid questions of information leaks, The Associated Press is reporting.

Ken Miller, who served as special assistant for Air Force acquisition, has stepped down, the AP reports, quoting several anonymous aides.

Miller, a former top Navy official, was hired by the secretary of the Air Force two years ago to improve the transparency of its acquisition process. He told The Post in February that he had more than 100 meetings in the past year with congressional leaders to update them on the process to select a bidder for a $40 billion deal to build tankers for the Air Force.

Two of the aides told the AP that Miller was being investigated by the service for allegedly leaking information to the public before the government disclosed it.

The Air Force's logistics chief, William Anderson, also resigned Monday, saying the recent leadership shake up by Defense Secretary Robert Gates had hurt his ability to do his job.

By Derek Kravitz |  July 28, 2008; 5:19 PM ET
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How can one make a comment with the amount of information provided? This report gives nothing.

Posted by: Ron Tuttle | July 28, 2008 6:46 PM

The AF is a duplication of services, that is so top heavy with corruption it needs to be dissolved. The AF as a whole does not go to war, but is so heavy on budgeting for benefits it is mind boggling.

The Government needs to take the contractual agreements and blend them(or the personnel if you will)into the other branches that do defend this Country. But of course you will have to actually train them to be military; ie: weapons training, physical training, and decent education from accredited schools that do not cater to a uniform and actually requires them to earn the degree.

The AF as a whole lets this country down in numerous ways, and again, should be dissolved.

Posted by: Michelle | July 28, 2008 7:38 PM

What a stupid article full of unfounded allegations about the top leader of the Air Force and seeks to deal with the alledged corruption by disbanding the whole Air Force? Talk about killing the messanger for the bad news!While the whole acquisition program may need to be revised, the continued delay in new tankers and other air craft create a large future deficit in the Air Force's obligations and its capacitys! Major new funding is need to deal with t he tanks short fall and the tactical air force shortages! Congress needs to reduce the "special" appropiations and use those funds to reconstitute the Air Force and other services ASAP!

Posted by: ed | July 28, 2008 9:28 PM

Michelle is ignorant and needs to be dissolved. I agree with Ron - this post is too slim on facts for comment.

Posted by: Brian | July 28, 2008 10:37 PM

As far as missing facts goes, I think that if so many top ranking officers would rather resign than be held responsible for a mess they cannot fix ... then there is a hugh issue hidden below the surface.

Posted by: Jeff | July 28, 2008 10:50 PM

The article may be lacking in depth but perhaps a little investigative reporting by the Post might be justified. If Mr. Miller "had more than 100 meetings in the past year with congressional leaders to update them on the process to select a bidder for a $40 billion deal to build tankers for the Air Force", the Congress was obviously well informed. Something is not right here - who are the two staffers that elected to leak the innuendo about Mr. Miller and what aerospace company might be in their congressional district?
The AP report had additional information but not much. My favorite quote in the AP report is: "... two congressional aides familiar with the matter said Miller was being investigated ... for allegedly leaking information to the public ... The aides requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the probe."
Is that considered a leak, too??

Posted by: Rick G | July 28, 2008 11:07 PM

I applaud any effort that roots out the systemic problems related to procurement. On another note. I am sure you have seen all the pretty pictures of planes and ships on the net. It seems to me the military specifically the Navy & Air Force spend an inordinate amount of time posing for pictures. Some of these are quite elaborate with all the planes flying in formation and ships lined up for miles.
I read about the tragic crash of one of our ancient B52 bombers in Guam recently, it flew there for a parade.B52 upgrades should cease as its been nothing but a contractor boondoggle upgrading these planes.I really doubt we will be using these dinosaurs any more.My hope is the house cleaning continues either through attrition( "I have to leave, everything has changed") or firing.

Posted by: Mike | July 29, 2008 8:02 AM


Posted by: acelboc | July 29, 2008 1:37 PM

Michelle is probably someone who joined another branch of the Military because she was getting the $$$$ thrown at her instead of joining the Air Force. Now that she has seen who the Air Force carry themselves and the treatment they recieve wishes she would have joined the AF. As far as the AF not going to war she can speak to any of the Airmen upon their return from the war about defending freedom

Posted by: Rob | July 29, 2008 3:42 PM

I don't believe we should come down on Michelle so harshly; it appears Michelle was simply not well informed in reference to the United States Air Force. Not all Air Force personnel serve in a front line or behind enemy line role, but a few do. To name only one, Combat Controllers. Don't forget how important the support is Michelle. Any number of combat troops without bullets, well at that point they are only targets. Think research..

Posted by: CCTHN | July 29, 2008 8:21 PM

"Duplication of services, top heavy with corruption, actually train them to be military, decent education from accredited schools, and the AF as a whole lets this country down" are obviously comments from someone who has been on another planet for the past few decades. The Air Force provides close air support for our ground troops and strategic opportunities for the President. No other branch have the equipment and training required. The Air Force has the highest percentage of personnel with college advanced degrees. The Air Force has dominated the combat airspace in every conflict (Korea,Vietnam,and both Gulf Wars etc.). The Air Forces might (missiles and bombers) were the instruments that won the "Cold War".

Posted by: Jay | July 29, 2008 8:24 PM

Actually, the Air Force and Navy are filling lots of Army roles in the combat zones, as the Army is so over-reached that it cannot. Thanks for your support, Michelle. Exactly what we need. Criticism with no solution.

Posted by: Rob | July 30, 2008 2:33 AM

I can not believe what I have read. What a slam to the men and women who have served and died while serving their country. The Air Force has not only been on the front line but are the main source of support for all of those in the field. Talk to the Marine or Army Soldier who just received close air support from an A-10. Talk to the people in New Orleans when Air Force search and Rescue Squadrons were dropping supplies and picking up those stranded. I have spent 18 years in the Air Force and have served proudly and honorably. Ive been in Iraq during both wars, Afganistan, Bosnia, Africa ect... Have seen mans inhumanity to man (mostly in Africa, Iraq, and Bosnia mostly doing humanitarian missions) and find the general American public woefully ignorant of reality. They believe the media without any research whatsoever. The news reports what the people want - bad news. Nobody wants to hear about the newly built school, the girl saved from a flood, or the tons of food and medical supplies given to civil worn torn countries - that is just not front page news. Those of you that dont agree with me I challenge you to make a change in our world - join the peace corps, go hold babies in Russia ect... Get out of your BMW, Give up your nice warm bed, Go a little hungry (not for the latest diet but because you gave your last MRE to a hungry child) In short get of your ASS and make a real difference.

Posted by: Justin | July 30, 2008 6:51 PM

It certainly is reassuring to know that the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force were not fired because Boeing lost out on the tanker deal. Because, if Defense Secretary Gates had not told us it was about something else, we might think it had something to do with re-opening the multi-billion dollar contract negotiations and the Air Force Logistics Chief resigning and the simultaneous resignation of Air Force Special Assistant for Acquisition Governance and Transparency to the Secretary of the Air Force. Odd how all this happened at the same time, though. I wonder how big a payoff Boeing would have had to make for all this to happen.

Posted by: Jim | July 31, 2008 5:00 AM

Obviously Michelle doesn't have enough knowledge to even comment on what the Air Force mission is and should really do her homework and read history before she makes such ignorant remarks.

Posted by: Will | July 31, 2008 7:07 AM

I served 21 years + in the Air Force. The Air Force needs change and a little shake up every now and then. The Air Force will continue and survive some changes. The people in charge need to pay attention and if they can not handle the job move over/out and let someone who can do the job right step in. This is what makes the Air Force #1.

Posted by: Teddy | July 31, 2008 8:06 PM

Michelle says: "The AF as a whole lets this country down in numerous ways, and again, should be dissolved."

I don't know about dissolving it but what the hell happened with the Air Force on 9/11?

Posted by: Bill W, NH | August 1, 2008 12:43 PM

I guess he wasn't a team player

Posted by: robertsgt40 | August 1, 2008 1:07 PM

I know the so-called refueling tankers are actually part of the chemtrails program, which is introducing barium and other compounds into our skies. The initial program started in the middle nineties and the tanker lease program stirred a lot of curiosity.
The Air Force "breakdown" at Minot may have been an attempt to keep the nukes from being used in some sort of false flag operation (probably to "9/11" Iran.) Those nukes never would have left their bunker without approval from someone high up. A lot of the airman associated with that security failure have ended up dead--I'm guessing they blew the whistle and Cheney's people--the same who did 9/11--got their payback. Also, Rumsfeld demoted the Secretaries of the various services, to allow more political appointments into the chain of command, which would have made ordering up the nukes easier.

Posted by: j | August 1, 2008 2:13 PM

Brought in to increase transparency - let go for increasing transparency too much.

Posted by: Stephen Burgoyne Coulson | August 1, 2008 3:06 PM

So refreshing to know you pundits know next to nothing. This is a Christian/Muslim war incited by Judaism. The 'cleansing' of the AirForce upper echelon is to purge all those 'christians' who have a sense of sympathy or allegiance to US. WWIII is nigh upon US and you nitwits argue whether said General supports some or other procurement program. Grow Up! Face your fiery death with an ounce of intelligence. You have no dignity.

Posted by: profnasty | August 1, 2008 8:25 PM

RE: Bill W, NH, Aug 1, 08.

I am sure you have a point in your most general question. What is it?? I and other may be able to clear up your question if you can be specific.

Thank you.

Posted by: CCTHN | August 4, 2008 3:30 PM

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