Ethics Training Inbound

Back when I was junior enlisted, woe be to anyone who made a mistake close to a holiday. Underage drinking meant that all of us would get an hours-long GMT (general military training) on underage alcohol consumption. Well, these days that adage seems to work in reverse. Our generals are triggering the training:

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer officers away from trouble.

The move is a reflection of the depth of concern triggered by a series of misconduct cases in a military that prides itself on integrity and honor but has suffered an unusual number of stumbles after a decade of war.

In a memo to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Panetta made no explicit reference to the David Petraeus sex scandal, which also has ensnared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Panetta’s press secretary, George Little, said the memo was the product of internal Pentagon discussions that began before Petraeus announced he was resigning as CIA director because of an extramarital affair.

Standing by for training. Meanwhile, General Petraeus testified last week behind closed doors. But not too closed:

A photographer is photographed as she aims her lens through a crack in the doors during the US Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington where former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify on Capitol Hill.

A photographer who photographed two photographers photographing a photographer squeezing off a photograph through a crack in the door of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Got it.

Negative Ghostrider, You Are Not Cleared for a Fly-by

The Pentagon is visible from a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft moments after the aircraft took off from the building in Arlington, Va., on Thursday. The aircraft was carrying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was traveling to New York City to visit the Sept. 11 memorial site with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Black Dust on the F-22 Raptor

Standby for three posts in a row on birds, this time with the Air Force. The F-22 has a much publicized oxygen problem. Now it is having charcoal issues after the installed charcoal filters caused its pilots to cough up black dust:

The Air Force grounded the Raptor for four months last year after pilots reported blackouts, and a 2010 crash of an F-22 in Alaska killed its pilot. An investigation by manufacturers Boeing and Lockheed Martin was inconclusive. And then the problems got worse. The Air Force attached charcoal filters to On-Board Oxygen Generating System, OBOGS. But then pilots began choking up black phlegm, as the charcoal filters were causing black dust to enter the pilots’ lungs.

An F-22 prepares to refuel during a training flight.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered to the F-22s to restrict travel outside of nearby landing locations where a hypoxia-stricken pilot could make a quick landing. Panetta also ordered the Air Force to begin installing an oxygen backup system. This is while two F-22 pilots, Capt. Josh Wilson and Maj. Jeremy Gordon, blew the whistle on 60 Minutes.

Install a temporary oxygen system and rip the current system out. It is not hard.