Friday, February 4, 2022

Senate Confirms New Air Force IG

The Senate on Feb. 2, confirmed Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Davis, for a Third Star, and assignment as the Department of the Air Force's New Inspector General (IG).

Davis previously served as, Director of Global Power programs, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, overseeing the “direction, planning, and programming” of Major Programs such as the F-35, F-22, B-1, B-2, and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

Davis was nominated to be the New Air Force Inspector General by President Biden on Dec. 15, and his Nomination was Reported-Out by the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 1, followed by Confirmation via Unanimous Consent on the Floor of the Full Senate.

Under Lt. Gen. Sami D. Said, the Air Force IG’s Office recently conducted Reviews that found widespread Racial and Gender Disparities in Ascensions, Promotions, Punishments, and other Key areas. Leaders have pledged to continue Tracking that Data and to conduct Root-Cause Analyses.

Davis will take over as the Air Force’s Top Investigator, at a time when the Department is taking hard looks at several Key Issues.

These include:

- Ongoing Racial and Gender Disparity Reviews.

- Look into whether Lt. Gen. James C. Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command, Lowered its Standards to push a Female Airman through Special Tactics Officer Training. Slife has Disputed the Complaint, saying the Claims are “either factually incorrect or missing important context.”

Investigation of the erroneous Strike in Kabul this past August that killed 10 Civilians amid the U.S.’s hasty Withdrawal from Afghanistan. That investigation concluded that Execution Errors and Confirmation Bias led to the Mistaken Strike, but subsequent Media Reporting on other Deadly Strikes has pushed the Pentagon to Expand its efforts to Reduce Civilian Casualties.

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