The hardest single part of building a software system is deciding precisely what to build. No other part of the conceptual work is so difficult as establishing the detailed technical requirements, including all the interfaces to people, to machines, and to other software systems. No other part of the work so cripples the resulting system … Continue reading Is the DoD’s embrace of ‘The Mythical-Man Month’ a matter of national security?
In July of 2014, the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, published “America’s Air Force: A Call to the Future” outlining a vision for the Air Force, a call to build an agile and inclusive force, and a challenge to show the courage to change in the face of uncertainty. In our … Continue reading An agile Air Force: the 30 year strategic vision
The OPAT is an Army entry physical test that measures the speed, strength, and conditioning of the incoming recruit. With an OPAT score, combined with mental and psychological profile tests, the Army can more smartly position recruits into "occupational tracks" that align with their baseline skills. This definitely includes their physical potential.
A 2014 report issued by the FBI indicated that 80% of our nation's law enforcement officers were overweight. A further report showed that half of these overweight officers, or 40% of all officers, were obese. Reports and research from previous years indicate that U.S. sworn officers are generally less aerobically fit than the U.S. general … Continue reading The Heavy Costs of Low-Fit First Responders
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In 2020, The Army will introduce a brand new combat readiness physical test for Soldiers. The test comes after six years of research on improving Soldier combat readiness. Outside of Army ranks and military blogs, few people are aware of this momentous change to U.S. Army fitness standards.
There remains one issue which Portland Officer Kate Phelan notes is the most daunting to turning applicants into officers: the physical fitness assessment.