Accession Number : AD1018894

Title :   The Slippery Slope of Air Force Downsizing: A Strategy Connection

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Wyckoff,Christopher A

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Report Date : 14 Feb 2013

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : Two decades of downsizing and consolidations, has diminished the Air Forces ability to operate core missions (nuclear, logistics/maintenance, and personnel (38PX) are some core areas affected). As each year passes, new National Security Strategy (NSS) focus and turnover and changing expectations of personnel within the executive and Department of Defense (DoD), compounded the damage to Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) and missions. As career fields, specifically that of personnel, were consolidated, thinned out of its experts, corporate memory was reduced resulting in a lack of historical documentation of the downsizing programs, and the impact of the programs on overall force numbers and weapon systems. The institutional memory of cumulative damage done to career fields/AFSCs was unavailable to those answering subsequent rounds of reductions.

Descriptors :   air force personnel , military strategy , personnel management , human resources , base closures , military facilities , employment , military force levels , operational effectiveness , national security , missions

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE