|New Initiative Better Organizes Acquisition, Sustainment Processes |
New Initiative Better Organizes Acquisition, Sustainment Processes
By Tech. Sgt. Carl Norman, Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio -- March 23, 2001 (AFPN) -- Air Force leaders have adopted an Air Force Materiel Command management initiative that gives military leaders one focal point for decisions impacting related systems, saves money and makes military operations more efficient.
Known as enterprise management, this process puts product center commanders as a single focal point for a related cluster of Air Force systems as a way of organizing what is currently a very tangled web of program executive officers, designated acquisition commanders and single-item managers, said Maj. Gen. Mike Wiedemer, AFMC requirements director.
With enterprise management, AFMC has currently organized all systems under four "enterprises:" aeronautical enterprise, space and missile enterprise, command and control enterprise and armament enterprise. Each enterprise commander, currently either a lieutenant general or major general, will coordinate with appropriate program executive officers and acquisition commanders to work systems issues.
Enterprise commanders will look for cross-cutting opportunities that may cross traditional lines, and provide recommendations to the AFMC commander for resolution. A common systems requirements prioritization process will be used to review these cross cutting recommendations and all affected organizations will be part of the resolution process.
Enterprise management came about after some of AFMC's external customers, particularly from the using major commands, asked who they needed to call if they had a single problem that was affecting three or four different aircraft at the same time.
The answer was that no one single person could be named because those systems were managed at three different levels. In fact, in some cases the lowest point these systems came together was at the secretary of defense level.
"It was a cross cutting problem and we didn't have anybody in charge who was able to answer that question," Wiedemer said. "We needed a single person to be able to look across different programs and link them in a manner that reduces cost, increases military effectiveness and allows the synergism of the programs to take place for the taxpayer and war fighter's benefit." (Courtesy of AFMC News Service)