Accession Number : AD1017986

Title :   Air Force Nuclear Enterprise Organization: A Case Study

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air Force Institute of Technology WPAFB

Personal Author(s) : Blackrick,Jeffrey M

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Report Date : 15 Sep 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 141

Abstract : Significant organizational changes have recently occurred in the Air Force to bolster the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise (AFNE). Such changes include the standup of AFGSC, the HAF/A10 Directorate, and the re-organization of AFNWC. However, General Welsh (CSAF), Eric Fanning (2013 acting SECAF) and Chuck Hagel (2014 SECDEF) continued to demand further organizational changes. The problem is that the AFNE has not been characterized in terms of an organizational structure. Viewing the enterprise organizationally allows the application of organizational theory and commercial business models to effectively evaluate the enterprise and advocate for appropriate changes to improve the AFNEs performance. Literature review provides valuable insight into the organizational design parameters that shape organizational structures. To characterize the AFNE, senior leaders across NAFs, MAJCOMs and HAF were asked to complete a survey regarding design parameters as they pertain to the current and future AFNE. Results and case study data were analyzed, represented statistically, modeled, and compared with commercial business models. This study highlighted, that although much has been done to improve how the AFNE organizationally functions, the complexity of the AFNE due to its conglomeration of organizations, missions, authorities, and structures make effective comparison difficult. However, opportunities still exist for future meaningful changes.

Descriptors :   case studies , military organizations , air force operations , air force planning , organizational realignment , organization theory , missions , nuclear forces(military) , operational effectiveness , comparison

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE