costs while decreasing readiness. The Air Force must modernize its fleet of aging aircraft if we are going to continue to fly, fight and win America's wars."
The response to this challenge is Air Force Smart Operations 21, emphasized Carlson.
"We have pockets of continuous process improvement using tools like Lean at our air logistics centers," he said. "But we must now take our efforts to an enterprise-wide level ... across not only our air logistics centers, but also the Air Force Research Lab and our product, test and specialized centers.
"By examining our processes, which affect our strategic outcomes, and applying an analytic approach, which focuses on continuous process improvement, we'll produce dynamic Air Force-wide results through improved efficiencies," Carlson said.
As the conference drew to a close, Carlson asked his commanders and directors to recommend two processes for improvement by Feb. 9. Commanders and directors will provide a progress update during Air Force Materiel Command's spring commanders' conference March 27.
The general stressed that he is committed to creating an environment that inspires trust, innovation and a passion for achieving improved performance.
"My goal is unprecedented cross-functional integration that will yield previously unimagined success," Carlson said. "I am counting on everyone within this command to take us there."
Air Force Materiel Command hosts senior leadership sessions to gain active participation, leadership and commitment from the command's senior leaders. Cross-flow of information helps facilitate the increased understanding of sustainment transformation.