Bernhard Schriever, Moral Courage, and the Birth of the Space Age


  • Stephen P. Randolph United States Air Force Academy



There is a point at which innovation becomes transformation, and General Bernard Schriever is the man who moved the Air Force across that point. At a time when the nation’s Air and Space Forces are looking toward innovation as an imperative means of maintaining their effectiveness, it is worth some study of Schriever, arguably the most innovative leader in the history of the Air Force and the creator of what has now become the U.S. Space Force.


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How to Cite

Randolph, S. P. (2022). Bernhard Schriever, Moral Courage, and the Birth of the Space Age. Journal of Character and Leadership Development, 10(1), 65–68.



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