Balancing agile combat support manpower to better meet the future security environment

The U.S. Air Force's (USAF's) current approach to sizing and shaping non-maintenance agile combat support (ACS) manpower often results in a discrepancy between the supply of ACS forces and operational demands because much of ACS is sized and shaped to meet the requirements of home-station...

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Main Authors: Mills, Patrick, Costello, Rachel (Author), Romano, Daniel M. (Author), Ausink, John A. (Author)
Corporate Authors: United States Air Force, Rand Corporation, Project Air Force (U.S.) Resource Management Program
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Monica, CA RAND [2014]©2014, 2014
Series:Research report
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The U.S. Air Force's (USAF's) current approach to sizing and shaping non-maintenance agile combat support (ACS) manpower often results in a discrepancy between the supply of ACS forces and operational demands because much of ACS is sized and shaped to meet the requirements of home-station installation operations, not expeditionary operations. This report proposes a more enterprise-oriented approach to measuring ACS manpower requirements by synthesizing combatant commander operational plans, Defense Planning Scenarios, functional area deployment rules, and subject-matter expert input. Using these new expeditionary metrics to assess the capacity of the current ACS manpower mix to support expeditionary operations, this report finds that there are imbalances among its career fields relative to expeditionary demands. To address these imbalances, it develops and assesses several rebalanced manpower mixes and finds that the USAF can achieve more expeditionary ACS capacity than it currently has by realigning manpower, and it can realize substantial savings by reducing end strength and substituting civilian billets for military billets
Item Description:"The analysis was conducted within the Resource Management Program of RAND Project Air Force"--Preface. - "RAND Project Air Force."
Physical Description:xiii, 53 pages color illustrations
ISBN:9780833082084
0833082086