United States Air Force Corporate Strategies
Many people may not look at the United States Air Force as a major corporation, however, with the combined military and civilian force we have over 500K civilian and military employees and over 1.5M total Department of Defense combined employees. Well, we are one of the world’s largest organizations in comparison to other industries, and its continual improvement processes and training programs are one of the worlds best. Since the inception of the Air Force, 62 years ago, the Air Force has undergone many changes within its service and has taken a corporate organizational structure approach and ...view middle of the document...
Areas of the Organization that need changing
This strategic initiative means changing our current practices to insure we reduce waste and cut spending where needed, as well as better utilize our abilities to outsource when necessary to better enable our forces to commit to the War on Terrorism. This change process will constitute the unfreezing of our old traditional ways of doing business and change our wasteful practices to incorporate new ideas to include what we are doing today while serving in a joint forces environment. (Ashford University, 2007 pg. 34) The Air Force Chief of Staff has enabled units to create and identify process improvement groups with change agents in the lead to analyze the restraining forces and devise ways to reduce them by recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of all collected ideas and develop change strategies which included both civilians and military and the utilization of survey programs for continual feedback throughout. (Heaps G. 2007, February) This approach included other branches of the military as well, as we move onto the front lines of the war providing our expertise and skills to support the Army, Navy and Marines, and training our coalition partners how to establish and sustain their bases. One model being utilized is similar to the Conference Model, where we have integrated many small and large groups and incorporated the use of video teleconferences frequently to track and share the paradigm shifts within our organizations. (Axelrod 2002, the Engagement Paradigm) The refreezing of a new concept of operations will be that we don’t just support, build and sustain airbases, but we build, sustain what we have and continually look for better ideas and processes as we train our coalition partners on how to provide this support to their own forces both on the ground and in air. (Ashford University, 2007 pg. 35) To create buy-in, the USAF has incorporated of an idea program that will reward airman and civilians for their cost savings and process improvement ideas with a monetary reward of up to $10K, depending on the savings. In addition, we have created more civilian hires to support our bases across the Air Force as half of our military will be deployed at any given time and the other half will be training and preparing for the next deployment with less than six months to do so.
Competitors and the initiative to remain competitive
With the increased operational tempo due to the support of our War on Terrorism, better use of our resources are vital during this time and its important that strategic initiatives are carefully planned and lessons learned and constant feedback are analyzed and executed to continually improve our processes. (“An International employee feedback system“, 1998) Most recently the USAF has implemented a total Competitive Sourcing program to maximize cost-effectiveness and efficiency to enhance mission capability by taking advantage of services available through...