Matthew Gjertsen

A 2005 graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, Matthew served for nine years in the active-duty Air Force, first as an instructor of Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base and then as a KC-10 Instructor Pilot at Travis Air Force Base. He received his master's degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University in 2010. In 2014, he transferred into the Air Force Reserves and is now a space officer and public policy commentator.

Recent articles from Matthew Gjertsen

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody, talks to future chief master sergeants during the Chief Leadership Course Jan. 12, 2015, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
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The Military Needs To Overhaul Its Personnel Management Practices
The military needs to base personnel management on the best practices of today's corporate world, not the 1960s.
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. perform an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron from March ARB, Cailf, May 14th, 2013.
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Why The Defense Department Needs To Cancel The F-35 Program
The argument that the F-35 Lightning II is “too big to cancel” is not a good enough reason to keep it going.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the ranking member, left, go before the House Rules Committee for final amendments on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
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The Colossal Size Of The 2015 Defense Budget
Americans need a transparent account of U.S. defense spending if we hope to have a real discussion about what that spending limit should be.
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The Air Force’s Mixed Messaging Problem
The Air Force's sentiment that whoever chooses to stay or go doesn’t impact the force is both untrue and damaging to the future of the military.