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Assessment of the Air Force Materiel Command Reorganization: Report for Congress

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In fiscal year FY 2012, the Air Force Materiel Command AFMC reorganized from a 12-center construct to a 5-center construct. The reorganization was driven by Department of Defense DoD mandated cuts in civilian manpower levels to respond to the Budget Control Act of 2011 Public Law 112-25 and was one part of much larger Air Force budget cuts. AFMC restructured its organization more around missions than locations and trimmed staff and overhead administrative positions rather than line positions. In FY 2012, Congress required a review of the reorganization and recommendations for alternative organizational structures, focused on the effects of the reorganization on life-cycle management of weapon systems. A response was completed and submitted in 2012. Subsequently, Congress raised additional concerns about the reorganization in Section 2814 of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act NDAA Public Law 112-339, which is reproduced in full in the appendix. The purpose of this report is to present an assessment of the FY 2012 reorganization of AFMC to respond to the congressional reporting requirements in Section 2814 of the FY 2013 NDAA. This report assesses the following five elements 1 the effectiveness and efficiency of the reorganization 2 the extent to which synergies due to collocation among developmental test and evaluation DTE, science and technology ST, and acquisition can be replicated in the new organization 3 the reorganizations impact on other commands ability to meet their responsibilities for operational test and evaluation OTE and follow-on test and evaluation FOTE 4 whether the reorganization is in adherence with 10 U.S. Code Section 2687 and 5 the extent to which the Air Force coordinated the reorganization with the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD, and if any concerns raised by OSD were addressed.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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