Measuring the Operational Readiness of an Air Force Network Warfare Squadron
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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As part of its squadron activation, the 315th Network Warfare Squadron NWS requested assistance from the Air Force Institute of Technology in developing criteria for declaring Initial Operational Capability IOC and Full Operational Capability FOC to assess the units operational readiness. The research methodology included a review of current Department of Defense DoD, Joint, and Air Force publications and instructions, as well as a review of three different unit activations the new Air Force Cyberspace Command, an FA-22 Fighter Squadron, and an Intelligence Squadron. By comparing the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System JCIDS process and the Status of Resources and Training System SORTS process, it is clear that unit readiness is measured and reported by SORTS Category Levels C-Level to support wartime missions, not by IOC and FOC milestones. This paper reviews SORTS computations and provides a case study of a notional Air Force NWS to propose that any new cyber squadron should report operational readiness starting with C-5 for unit activation, then C-3 to declare initial operational readiness, and finally C-1 to declare full wartime mission readiness.
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