Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Bartman

Abstract

The world in which the United States military, and specifically the United States Air Force, operates is vastly different from the world of airpower pioneers the likes of Eddie Rickenbacher, Jimmy Dolittle, and Curtis LeMay. Communication mediums and technological advancements, societal shifts, and budgetary concerns have altered the way wars are fought, and the worldview of those of who do the nation’s bidding. The research questions whether the Air Force’s leadership is prepare to lead in this new era of warfare. The study takes a qualitative approach to exploring the effectiveness of leadership within the United States Air Force and the potential impact of such leadership on the operational readiness of the service. The research design centers on the responses obtained from a web-based survey disseminated to a limited subject population in an effort to determine if the hypothesis is correct. The piece draws upon the work of accepted theorists within the field of public administration and makes recommendations moving forward.

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