Air Education and Training Command Cost and Capacity System: Implications for Organizational and Data Flow Changes

Air Education and Training Command Cost and Capacity System: Implications for Organizational and Data Flow Changes

Air Education and Training Command Cost and Capacity System: Implications for Organizational and Data Flow Changes

Air Education and Training Command Cost and Capacity System: Implications for Organizational and Data Flow Changes

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The goal of this study was to help establish the strategic design for a comprehensive system to assess and manage the cost and capacity of the Air Force's pipeline for enlisted technical training. The study team concluded that such a system is useful only insofar as it supports the decision processes necessary for managing effective training. Therefore, this report examines training management and decision processes to determine the need for data to support informed decisionmaking. It briefly reviews training management systems and associated organizational arrangements in the other services and the private sector to draw insights for a model management system for the Air Force. The study identifies impediments to training planning and management in the current Air Force organizational structure that inhibit the flow of cost and capacity data and hinder effective decisionmaking. It also outlines analytic developments that could help convert raw data into information useful for decisionmakers.

The research reported here was sponsored by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC/CV) and HQ Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel (AF/DP) and conducted within the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF) at the RAND Corporation. Earlier, PAF explored the requirements of a technical training schoolhouse model to address pipeline capacity. By explicitly capturing resource limitations and uncertainty, the study team anticipated that this simulation tool could assist AETC in making difficult allocation decisions. In part, the current report confirms the need for such tools and the roles they might play.

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