From 35,000 FT: Getting Air Force Squadron Commanders to Altitude Amid a Resource Constrained Environment
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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As resources and operation tempos continue to constrain the Department of Defense and more specifically, the United States Air Force, more and more pressure is put upon squadron commanders to fulfill the duties and responsibilities demanded of them. Through the lens of the data provided by the Air Force Inspection System, the Inspector General Complaints Resolution Program, and the Total Force Climate Survey, this paper sought to understand what the Air Force could be improving upon, to elevate squadron commander performance to meet the demands of leading in todays resource constrained environment. The expectations of an Air Force squadron commander are well laid out, as is the method of evaluating the performance of the squadron commander by means of the Air Force Inspection System. This research determined that the data collected by the Inspector General and the Total Force Climate Survey, highlight areas where squadron commanders have the greatest room for improvement. Using the Scenario Methodology, this paper recommends that these highlighted areas of improvement must be utilized as desired learning objectives to drive Air University owned Professional Military Education curriculum. This curriculum must be tailored to better prepare future United States Air Force officers for the duties and responsibilities that come with command.
- Military Forces and Organizations