PACAF and USAFE Component MAJCOMS: Balancing War fighter Effectiveness with Air Force Efficiency
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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As a result of Air Force manpower cuts, MAJCOM and Numbered Air Force NAF headquarters in USAFE and PACAF merged to form new C-MAJCOM HQ. The mergers impacted the balance between effectiveness and desired efficiency.This author concluded the mergers in USAFE and PACAF gained efficiencies without sacrificing war-fighter effectiveness. Although stress management was adequate and largely driven by OT and E workload, the level of stress in each directorate varied.This paper examines the reorganizations to Determine efficiencies gained by merging duplicative HQ structures. Determine effectiveness of the reorganized staff. Assess merger impact on personnel stress and operations OPS tempo. Assess the balance between efficiencies gained and war-fighter effectiveness expected.Both C-MAJCOMs maintained component responsibilities to their Unified Component Commands as well as fulfilled their Organize, Train and Equip OT and E functions by creating battle-rostered staffs and prioritizing work effort. The research identified 371 HQ billets eliminated in USAFE, yielding an annual savings of approximately 41 million, and 152 positions eliminated in HQ PACAF.The author recommends leadership perform an across the directorates work load examination, creating a prioritized rack and stack list of C-MAJCOM roles and responsibilities. After identifying from this list which roles to retain and which to eliminate, based on manpower, further reorganization and reprioritization should occur to balance the stress level across the staff.