The Slippery Slope of Air Force Downsizing: A Strategy Connection
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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Two decades of downsizing and consolidations, has diminished the Air Forces ability to operate core missions nuclear, logisticsmaintenance, 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 fieldsAFSCs was unavailable to those answering subsequent rounds of reductions.