Defense Acquisition University Huntsville United States
The Budget Control Act of 2011 along with sequestration is forcing the Department of Defense to reduce expenditures significantly compared to post 911 spending. As the Army reduces in strength, so will the civilian workforce at commensurate levels Tan, 2015. The civilian Defense workforce has been challenged to address proper age diversity as they seek to balance experience with building the bench for tomorrow. The culprit behind this dilemma is due mostly to the hiring restrictions in place prior to 911. These restrictions caused gaps in the age histograms where certain age groups are disproportionately lower than others Nataraj, Hanser, Camm, and Yeats, 2014. As the baby boomer generation now retires from the workforce, the gap becomes apparent as there is a smaller pool of human resources to fill the vacancies left by the baby boomers. This paper studies the severity of the human resource challenge in researching a microcosm of the defense acquisition workforce- the Aviation and Missile Materiel Enterprise located at Redstone Arsenal, AL. An analytical study of the demographics in present day population is studied in order to help make inferences as to what may occur in the future. The results should be an aid to the human resource managers across the civilian acquisition workforce who are forced with tackling this challenge.