Skip to Main Content

The "Generic" Country

Iranmap Al Kamen's column today recounts a mildly humorous moment that I had on July 26, 2005 at an Air Force briefingThree of the Power Point slides used in a presentation on the Air Force's Future Total Force plan (pdf) featured an unnamed country littered with targets in a hypothetical US air attack.  These slides were meant to show that National Guard and Reserve units need the best aircraft since they will be facing the same threats active duty forces do and are deployed almost as often too (nowadays, Reserve and Guard units often get second-hand aircraft, rather than the latest).   

As an aside, I asked Air Force Brig. General Allison Hickey and two Air Force public affairs officers if the country featued in the slides was indeed Iran.  There initial response was a defensive no, it's a "generic country" an artist drew up for the presentation.  But as I pointed out the countries surrounding Iran, strengthening my observation, the Air Force officers moved the presentation on, but did say they should probably change the slides considering tensions with the country.  Oddly, they let me keep the slides though.

By: Nick Schwellenbach
Director of Investigations, POGO

Nick Schwellenbach At the time of publication, Nick Schwellenbach was Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.

Authors: Nick Schwellenbach

comments powered by Disqus

Browse POGOBlog by Topic

POGO on Facebook

POGOBlog Contributors

See All Blog Contributors

Latest Podcast

Podcast; Social Media, Internet Provides Opportunities, Challenges for Lawmakers

The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.