RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
Within the past decade, the Air Force has employed two governance structures to oversee human resource development and human resource management HRM. The first was known as the Force Management and Development Council FMDC, and the current is a nested structure of the HRM Strategic Council HSC and HRM Strategic Board HSB. Recently, considerable interest has been expressed in discarding the HSCHSB format in favor of returning to an FMDC-like structure. This Perspective reviews the two structures and provides analysis of strengths and weaknesses. The primary objective is to provide insights to assist in development of a new, more effective governance structure that will meet the challenge of providing greater adaptability and flexibility as called for in current Air Force strategy. The insights offered are based on the authors informed judgments and perspectives based on their experience, observations, and discussions with knowledgeable subject-matter experts and stakeholders.