A Legacy of Excellence: The USAF Weapons School's Challenge to Maintain Standards
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis investigates the effects of resource strains on the United States Air Force Weapons School USAFWS. Highly regarded as the Combat Air Forces CAF Center of Excellence, the USAFWS is responsible for producing a weapons officer who is finely tuned in the skills of communication, integration of joint forces, large force mission planning, training plan development, and tactical leadership. The CAF demands a weapons officer who is highly skilled and possesses traits and values above the norm. The USAFWS has translated these objectives into an exemplary standard that pervades the institution, its graduates, and thus the CAF itself. During this period of transformation and global war circa 2005, the CAF is continually seeking ways to do more with less. This thesis provides a framework for assessing whether this is continually possible without adversely affecting the USAFWSs training standard. The graduate can be seen as a product of objectives ends plus training concepts ways plus resources means. All three components are rigorously examined. Everything under the USAFWSs control has been optimized, leaving the shrinking pool of resources as a contentious but unavoidable problem.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics