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John Q. Public


Tony Carr (John Q. Public) is an independent writer, journalist, commentator, and analyst specializing in military and defense issues. After serving for more than 22 years on US Air Force active duty, during which he flew C-17s in combat, commanded a flying squadron, and served in multiple key advisory and staff posts, Tony retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2013 and started the John Q. Public project. Through the project, he pushes the Air Force toward institutional reform by bringing transparency, rigorous reporting, and a critical voice to issues impacting airmen, airpower, and the overall organization. JQP Blog has evolved into a leading, credible voice on Air Force matters and a respected outlet for original reporting and hard-hitting analysis of issues touching national defense and military affairs, earning regular citations in a range of publications both online and offline. Tony also does considerable work advocating on behalf of veterans, appearing in print, online, and occasionally on television and radio networks to advance the shared cause of American servicemembers and contribute to the safeguarding of their heard-earned compensation and benefits against the pressures of budget austerity. He also works as an independent strategy consultant and serves on the Military Advisory Board of the Project on Government Oversight, a prominent nonprofit group focused on government accountability. Tony studies law as a third-year student at Harvard, where he focuses on international law and serves as a Senior Editor on the school’s National Security Journal. You can reach him for comment or to provide tips or story suggestions at or by visiting the JQP Facebook feed.

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