Accession Number : ADA602168


Title :   At the Fulcrum of Air Force Identity: Balancing the Internal and External Pressures of Image and Culture


Descriptive Note : Drew paper no. 11


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST


Personal Author(s) : Riley, Jonathan


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a602168.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 100


Abstract : This paper explores the roots of the Air Force's identity problems by applying a theoretical construct to explain why many previous identity initiatives have been so startlingly unsuccessful. It concludes that senior Air Force leaders have failed, in part, because of their disregard for the powerful roles that organizational cultures play in the day-to-day lives of the average Airman. The Air Force chief of staff who hopes to achieve a measure of success in shaping the future of the force will have to find the appropriate balance between the Air Force's external image and its internal culture. Among the other military services within the Department of Defense, the top Airman will have to make sense of the paradoxical mandates to cooperate to win the nation's wars while simultaneously competing for scarce resources in a zero-sum Washington, DC, budget battle. The chief who turns the corner will have to find an acceptable and durable equilibrium among the many organizational Air Force subcultures and, in particular, should consider ways to redefine the organization to achieve a more equitable power-sharing arrangement among the tribes. In the end, this leader will only be truly successful by discovering and communicating an emergent sense of Airman culture that resonates throughout the rank and file. Moving beyond the Air Force's what and how, Airmen must be inspired with a clear and compelling why.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE , *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , *CULTURE , AVIATION PERSONNEL , BATTLES , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , ORGANIZATIONS , RESOURCES , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE