QUESTION: What is, "The best kept secret in the Air Force?"
ANSWER: "The Civil Air Patrol"
- Jeopardy, 1996
It seems Air Force Voices and CAPblog are on the same page when asking why we (those of us wearing blue) don't blog more...especially since the Air Force is traditionally the service that favors "technology."
Is it because blogging doesn't cost much? Is it because we have grown stale in our thinking? Is it because we fear change, not the usual (reorganization/new policy/fancy rewording of our mission) type of change...but real change?
Here is my favorite part of CAPblog's post:
1. Blogging is the new peer review. The blogsphere provides for a huge open source resource for fact checking and BS detection. Just ask Dan Rather.
2. You can't be a Subject Matter Expert on any topic these days if you're not reading the blogs on said subject. When talking to any "expert," try asking them what their favorite RSS feed on the topic is... If they give you a puzzled look, and ask you what RSS is... Find yourself a new expert!
We need more blogs.
I agree with the rest of CAPblog's post (especially the part where Air Force Link would work better as a blog) and ask the following questions...
Why aren't more Air Force member's blogging? Why don't we have squadron/group blogs?
CAPblog has a very interesting take on SAR missions...
Imagine how much easier it would be for us to collaborate with other agencies if we had someone working for the IC... blogging clues, progress, plans, and status... in real time during a SAR mission, on a secure extranet.
Hmmm...now you have me thinking...this sounds like a great DARPA project. Wasn't the internet started by DARPA. That would be an interesting twist.
This could be a separate post...but I'll continue here:
I am sure the smart people in the Pentagon have already thought of this (maybe not)...in any case, here is a freebie from the idea department (sort of a Mission Needs Statement):
I'm thinking some kind of wireless, non-jamming, battle-durable, EMP-hardened, GPS-ready, 2G+ memory, MP3/voice recognition (since typing is difficult in combat), that doesn't need special batteries (could for run for hours off a couple of AA), and has a rechargeable Lithium battery for extended life, and can be used in MOPP-4 conditions.
Hey Air Force...that sounds expensive now...this could be the next ACAT II (or ACAT I if people recognize the power of blogging) program. Will the Air Force build it? What about the Army or Department of Defense? Wow, the Joint Chiefs of Staff could adopt the program...hmmm.
Typically, all we need now is for some Ivy League consultant to read this blog, take the idea, and run with it.
[NOTE: This isn't a slam on Ivy League grads...it is just that my experience in the Pentagon demonstrated that the Air Force won't move on a project unless it is first approved by an Ivy League consultant (at $250K per year). This would be a great subject in another post]
I have acquisition experience...so if the Air Force needs a program manager who understands and uses the technology...just let me know. CAPblog...are you in?