WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2006 – As a large enterprise, Air Force Materiel Command faces large challenges. Consider that this command managed a fiscal 2006 budget of $44.7 billion and a total active-duty military and civilian work force of more than 78,000 people.
We’re all responsible for being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and for improving ways in which Air Force Materiel Command supports the warfighter.
But within an enterprise the size of the command, it’s challenging to continuously, and honestly, look at all of the command’s work processes and eliminate waste or steps with no value.
A few years ago we conceived a methodology under which strategic objectives came to life and were successfully incorporated into our daily lives through the processes we employ.
We dreamed further that we would develop a means by which we would institutionalize a consistent, reliable and economical way to realize these strategic aims.
Today, we find ourselves with a firm foundation of strategic processes upon which to build. In turn, we’re in a position to launch the next phase which will ensure we achieve the goals set by leadership.
One of the essential tools that will help Air Force Materiel Command get there is continued application of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century, or AFSO21.
By now you should have heard about AFSO21 and know that it is an overarching strategy to improve how we accomplish our daily tasks.
AFSO21 makes Air Force Materiel Command more efficient through continuous process improvement ... but it drives significant change.
Many of us have sat in a briefing or classroom and heard how people are reluctant or resistant to change.