Air Force Procurement Workforce Transformation: Lessons from by John Ausink, Laura H. Baldwin, Christopher Paul

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By John Ausink, Laura H. Baldwin, Christopher Paul

To aid the Air strength within the strategy of considerably altering how it purchases items and companies, this monograph reports comparable commerical region framework of metrics to trace growth and refine procurement group improvement efforts through the years.

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S. Air Force, 2003), analyzing data to identify appropriate commodity groups, identifying skills needed for council members to effectively participate in council activities, analyzing current workforce skills and identifying any gaps in skills, and developing a plan to grow skills that are lacking. Introduction 5 PAF was asked to conduct three analyses to assist with these efforts:1 • Review ongoing research, industry publications, and other available sources on the transformation of commercial purchasing and supply management practices and organizations to identify the skill set needed by Air Force procurement personnel to successfully implement commodity councils.

This firm also encourages cross training through rotational assignments so that personnel broaden their expertise across commodity groups and geographic areas. Personnel identified to have the potential to grow into high-level managers are specifically targeted for this kind of experience. These personnel also are assigned mentors, who provide some OJT and career development advice. ” Interestingly, the leadership of this firm’s purchasing and supply management organization does not value CPM certification as an indicator of mastery of the desired skills, or mastery of even a minimum level of skills.

Lee’s memo led to the current initiative to modernize the curriculum for contracting courses. In addition to contracting courses, DAU offers a number of courses in other substantive area “tracks” that appear to be applicable to Air Force commodity council members. These tracks include acquisition, auditing, logistics, and program management, among others. AFIT Curriculum AFIT has two separate divisions that offer (or could offer) courses relevant to developing commodity council skills: the School of Systems and Logistics and the Graduate School of Engineering and Management.

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