TOTAL FORCE INTEGRATION: PROVIDING STABILITY FOR CITIZEN SOLDIERS IN AN EVER CHANGING AIR FORCE
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The United States Air Force continues to make significant efforts to pursue Total Force integration with the services Reserve Component and Active Duty forces, yet has struggled to find effective balance in successfully utilizing each element. Through scenario analysis, this research aims to provide an answer to the question Which Total Force integration efforts are a worthwhile pursuit, given the Air Forces present organization and financial constraints This paper will also provide recommendations for the Air Force with regards to future Total Force efforts. Long term planning will anticipate the utilization of Reserve Component members, as well as Active Duty members with regard to their roles and responsibilities. Current Total Force endeavors, established primarily by former Chief of Staff of the Air Force CSAF, General Mark A. Welsh III, as well as proposals from the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, will be used as key factors and the basis for predicting future Total Force proposals. The four predictive scenarios Let it Be, Nowhere Man, The Long and Winding Road, and We Can Work It Out will assess potential Total Force actions within the Air Force and will demonstrate those which are most worthwhile to pursue, based upon the degree of importance and uncertainty. The scenarios analyzed examined how the Air Force integration efforts will continue to evolve, examining current fiscal constraints and mission readiness relationships, and predict purposeful actions to increase stability for the Total Force.
- Military Forces and Organizations