Onward, Christian soldiers! As Rev. James Dobson steps down as the once-influential
crank chairman of the conservative Focus on the Family, he is being replaced by Ret. Airforce Lt. Gen. Patrick P. Caruana, a recently retired Vice President for Northrop Grumman Space Technology who’s a real life Dr Strangelove.
Along with being an air campaign planner and commander directing strategic forces in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War and directing long-range power projection, special operations forces airlift, and training programs at the Pentagon,:
[a]s Air Force Space Command’s first 14th Air Force commander [Caruana] directed the Air Force’s only space force which supports warfighting worldwide with ballistic missile warning, control of Department of Defense and NATO satellites, spacelift generation and range operations, global space surveillance and warning, and ballistic missile test operations.
After leaving the Air Force, Caruana worked for TRW and the Northrup Grumman on space-based defense projects. Uber-hawk Caruana is currently on the board of directors for Liquidmetal Technologies which utilizes new alloys in a variety of industrial applications.
Awarded a series of multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts by the Department of Defense, Liquidmetal alloys’ technology is currently being developed for use as a Kinetic Energy Penetrator (KEP) rod…The Department of Defense is working closely with Liquidmetal Technologies to develop a new class of effective and environmentally benign KEP rods. (emphasis mine)
Because its really important to have environmentally benign armor piercing ammunition. Maybe this is sort of an all-over desire for conservative theocons to appear hipper. With regards to Focus on the Family, which is having trouble attracting younger members, Caruana says of Dobson’s leaving the board:
I don’t see any dramatic departure from what Focus stands for. There are obviously younger people the ministry would like to reach, and we’re on track to do that.
Meanwhile, as Caruana carries on in the name of the Prince of Peace, Dobson–who informed the 950 employees of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based ministry Friday morning at a weekly worship service of his departure (um, so like you have be Xian/must attend worship to work there? Is that legal?)–will continue to host Focus on the Family’s flagship radio program, write a monthly newsletter and speak out on moral issues.
Gary Schneeberger, a Focus on the Family spokesman said Dobson
will continue to speak out as he always has — a private citizen and not a representative of the organization he founded.
The non-profit Focus on the Family created Focus On the Family Action as under a different section of the tax code that permits more political activity. Both will continue to try to affect public policy and to dictate private morality.
In November, 2008 Focus on the Family fired 200 employees–due in a large part their support of California’s Proposition 8 to the tune of $539,000 in cash and another $83,000 worth of non-monetary support. It was the third year of lay-offs for the organization which currently operates on a revised $138 million budget.