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Fri, Jun. 6th, 2008, 09:51 am
Pentagon Forces Out Air Force Chiefs

Pentagon Forces Out Air Force Chiefs

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/06/breaking-air-fo.html?cid=117770098#comment-117770098
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/washingtonpostinvestigations/2008/06/pentagon_forces_out_air_force.html?hpid=moreheadlines
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/inteldump/2008/06/gates_sacks_top_air_force_lead.html

I can't shake the feeling that the reason systemic Federal management problems aren't solved is that most Federal employees are eligible for retirement, and retirement-eligible stakeholders who get fired without being demoted have very little to lose.

To my knowledge, none of the military top brass who were fired because of Walter Reed were demoted, so they get to spin their legacy as making a no-impact sacrifice of their career, taking a painless fall for a systemic failure that a retirement-eligible employee with no fear of demotion has no motivation to fix.

After all, retirement can be lonely, and if a senior executive started fixing systemic gaps in accountability, who would go fishing with him?