Middle Management Experience in Systems Acquisition: Can It Be Improved?
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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USAf management identified in 1979, in 1982, and again in 1985, a shortage of experienced weapon systems acquisition middle managers. This study evaluates the effectiveness of three potential actions aimed at offsetting the effects of the shortage on weapon systems acquisition--increased training, increased civilianization, andor restructed acquisition career management. The study concludes good training is available, but not effectively marketed civilians could be used to reduce the shortage, but they are probably not available and acquisition career management could be restructured, but it requires institutional USAF commitment. The author recommends AFR 36-23 be revamped to establish individually tailored career progression paths with gate criteria to be met prior to an officer becoming a certified acquisition manager.
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