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Absinthe Anecdote
11-14-2013, 12:30 PM
I don't remember hearing about Major General Carey being fired; wonder what it was specifically, a DUI?

Another part of this article that is interesting is the google searches as part of a background check.

How long before they make the jump from running a simple google search of your name to looking at your browsing habits?

On a separate but related note; if you really want to find out more about a person, just look at their ATM transactions. You can get a clear picture of what a person is up to by looking at how they spend money.

Better not make any ATM withdrawals near casinos or strip clubs if you don't want to be grilled about it on your next five year background investigation. Serious stuff for people with SCI clearances.

Air Force to scrutinize nuclear leader candidates
November 14, 2013

By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has decided it must "add more vigor" to its screening of candidates for senior nuclear command, adding closer looks at health records and Internet searches for potentially damaging personal information about candidates who also have long military careers, the Air Force's top general said Wednesday.

Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, told reporters that the change was initiated as the Air Force searched for a successor to Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who was fired in October as commander of 20th Air Force, which is responsible for all 450 of the Air Force's Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles. Carey was fired for behavior that officials have said is linked to alcohol abuse.

Until now the selection process had focused on a candidate's professional background, including job skills and prior assignments. Using that approach "someone would quickly (emerge as) the obvious choice," Welsh said.

"Just assuming an obvious choice in this business is probably dangerous," he added. "So let's take a little bit deeper look."

Welsh said the hiring process for Air Force nuclear commanders will now include a more intensive checking of candidates, to include a review of potential personal health issues, both physical and mental.

"As a result of our recent relief of one of our nuclear commanders we have changed our hiring process," he said, referring to Carey. "We will now do a prescreening that is a little more intensive than we've done before." He said the Air Force previously did this kind of screening only after a candidate had been nominated.

The review will include a Google search, a simple task that hadn't been done before.

"What pops up when you type somebody's name into Google?" Welsh said. "It might be worth knowing that before you nominate somebody for a key job. Some of this is common sense."

The removal of Carey and a Navy admiral for alleged misconduct related to gambling came amid a series of disclosures by The Associated Press about security and leadership lapses, morale problems, training flaws, and an assertion by one midlevel nuclear officer that he had found "rot" inside his nuclear missile unit at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

Air Force and Pentagon officials insist that despite these issues, the nation's nuclear arsenal is being operated and maintained safely.

Carey remains under investigation for alleged misbehavior that the Air Force has declined to specify but that officials have said is linked to alcohol use. In his first public comment on the Carey matter, Welsh said Carey admitted to him that he had engaged in an "embarrassing period of behavior" while on a business trip.

Welsh said the closer scrutiny of generals in the running for jobs such as Carey's has nothing to do with Carey's job performance. He praised Carey's service record but said he had stumbled in a way that could not be tolerated.

He said Carey told him, "I've embarrassed myself, my Air Force, I'm sorry."

Within the nuclear Air Force there are three senior command positions. One is in charge of the Minuteman 3 missiles as head of 20th Air Force, another is responsible for the nuclear-capable B-52 and B-2 bomber fleet as head of 8th Air Force, and a third oversees both the bombers and the missiles as head of Global Strike Command.

The other segment of the U.S. nuclear force is run by the Navy with its fleet of nuclear-armed Trident submarines.

After being removed as commander of 20th Air Force, Carey was shifted to an unspecified job at Air Force Space Command, which has no responsibility for nuclear weapons, pending the completion of an investigation into his alleged misconduct. His interim replacement at 20th Air Force is Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein.

Carey was fired two days after the sacking of a senior Navy admiral who was second-in-command at U.S. Strategic Command, which is the military's nuclear war-fighting organization. Vice Adm. Tim Giardina was relieved of duty and demoted to two-star rank but remains in the Navy pending the outcome of a probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that is centered on allegations related to gambling.

The loss of Carey and Giardina is part of a wider, mostly planned, reshuffling of top nuclear commanders.

On Friday, Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler is scheduled to step down, as scheduled, as commander of Strategic Command. He will be replaced by Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney. The new No. 2 at Strategic Command is Air Force Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, who last month completed his assignment as head of Global Strike Command. Kowalski's slot was filled by Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, who previously commanded the Air Force's nuclear bomber fleet.

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Bunch
11-14-2013, 01:11 PM
And here I thought that they only selected "the bestof the best" for the top ranks of enlisted and officers. Now they have to screen the "best of the best" to find the "best of the best of the best". I think a simple cut in flag officers slots will do.

OtisRNeedleman
11-14-2013, 09:01 PM
I don't use ATMs at all.

Kalbo607
11-15-2013, 03:00 PM
And here I thought that they only selected "the bestof the best" for the top ranks of enlisted and officers. Now they have to screen the "best of the best" to find the "best of the best of the best". I think a simple cut in flag officers slots will do.

I have come to learn that Generals are selected well before the even make the rank. I was told that they are basically selected when they are a Major and then from there they are put into jobs that groom then to be a General. From what I have seen over the years I tend to think it is true.

technomage1
11-15-2013, 04:29 PM
I agree with Bunch, a cut to their ranks will do considering we've been drastically cut as a force but haven't cut Generals.

Also...is anyone else concerned about them considering internet searches? Seems overkill and rife for abuse. Say an officer looked at marijuana effects and how to hide them. It could be they were using sure, but it could also mean they suspect a subordinate of doing so.

Don't get me wrong, I want the best for the nuclear mission, it's a zero failure mission, but I am concerned about this aspect of the selection scheme.

mikezulu1
11-15-2013, 07:05 PM
I have come to learn that Generals are selected well before the even make the rank. I was told that they are basically selected when they are a Major and then from there they are put into jobs that groom then to be a General. From what I have seen over the years I tend to think it is true.

kind of like "what you do as a tech determines if you make chief"?

BISSBOSS
11-15-2013, 07:17 PM
I agree with Bunch, a cut to their ranks will do considering we've been drastically cut as a force but haven't cut Generals.

Also...is anyone else concerned about them considering internet searches? Seems overkill and rife for abuse. Say an officer looked at marijuana effects and how to hide them. It could be they were using sure, but it could also mean they suspect a subordinate of doing so.

Don't get me wrong, I want the best for the nuclear mission, it's a zero failure mission, but I am concerned about this aspect of the selection scheme.

I honestly do not have the level of faith in AF Leadership at this point to be able to think that they will be able to tackle this one either.

We bash the "O" side of the house for the "Good Ole Boy" system... What do you suppose it's like at the SENIOR Leader level? This ALL looks like a HUGE "Soup Sandwich" getting ready to be served. It's going to be really - Messy.

-BB-

Gonzo432
11-16-2013, 12:14 AM
"Air Force to scrutinize nuclear leader candidates"

They weren't doing that to begin with??:smoker2:

Okie
11-19-2013, 04:44 AM
So...PRP is going to get scrapped because it's obviously not working?

Kicker47
11-19-2013, 02:35 PM
So...PRP is going to get scrapped because it's obviously not working?

Did PRP every really work? I mean, it worked great to keep the guys that were taking Nyquil from operating the hoist, but we still had our share of "characters" that slipped past the screeners.

BRUWIN
12-08-2013, 03:18 AM
It amazes me that leaders within the nuclear community weren't scrutinized heavily prior to all this....after all, they do have their hands on the nuclear trigger. But I guess the fighter mafia could have cared less.

BURAWSKI
12-09-2013, 12:11 AM
The scrutiny was not as much because these generals were already in the system. But if you are outside the system and applying for a TS/SCI clearance the scrutiny is much more intense, especially due to the number of espionage cases that have occurred over the years. Having gone through that process when I applied for a support position with the FBI, it is a very intimidating and humiliating experience. The FBI investigation delved into my personal life to the extent of going back past the age of 16; with ANYTHING considered to be derogatory as fair game, including hearsay and giving complete credibility to only one side of the story. I wouldn't be surprised if these generals were not even given a polygraph. It was only a matter of time before the scrutiny became more intense.