Improving Air Force Depot Programming by Linking Resources to Capabilities
RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA
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Current planning and programming policies with a capabilities-based focus have spawned an intense interest in how to discern, define, and quantify Air Force capabilities. Capabilities based programming has meant different things to different organizations, but the core spirit of the policy on which we focus is that it aims to provide a programmed force ready to meet a range of possible contingencies given an uncertain future. Previous RAND Project AIR FORCE research presented a framework for defining capability metrics and, using these metrics and methods, developed models for expeditionary combat-resource programming and budgeting.1 This work builds on and expands that previous research to embrace programming for depot-level maintenance, as illustrated by DPEM commodities. DPEM is a budgeting area that comprises numerous depot-level maintenance and inspection activities on capital assets, as well as storage and other supporting activities that span numerous program elements, budget programs, and appropriations. It funds the bulk of the work done at the Air Force depots that does not involve the repair of spares or the work on modification programs.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies