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May 25, 2020 Eric Lofgren Management 0
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From a cultural perspective, the bloated program offices reporting to large bureaucracies of functional and headquarters offices stifling creativity and innovation while attempting to deliver the 100% solution the first time have to change. What is needed is for small hand-picked teams in flat organizations to take intelligent risks led by an empowered program manager to deliver the minimum viable product. This cultural change—albeit difficult to implement—is essential. Colonel Kristi Lowenthal captured the cultural challenge faced by acquisition professionals—particularly program mangers: “… Former Army Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Heidi Shyu once likened program managers to the driver of a very long bus in which every stakeholder on the bus has a steering wheel and a brake, but not a gas pedal.”
That was from Chad Millette’s NPS symposium paper, “ The Cultural Change Required for Rapid Defense Acquisitions. ” He surveyed 19 students from an Air War College course on rapid acquisition (including several Army officers and one person from SpaceX) asking them to identify the most important factors for success. He reports that organizational and cultural issues top the list:
The characteristic most common to organizations/efforts the students investigated was the ability to handpick their team or employ a unique hiring process. Ten of the 17 organizations/efforts have this ability. For instance, Big Safari and the RCO hire using the Green Door assignment process (for specially cleared personnel), which allows them to hire an assignment cycle ahead of “standard” program offices and to interview candidates. Due to the mission need and urgency, the DDS hires people directly at GS-15 pay grade. And, as previously mentioned, as a private company, SpaceX certainly handpicks their acquisition/development teams. The next most highlighted characteristics are related to organizational structure and culture. These employ a flat organizational structure that reduces the bureaucracy and hierarchy with respect to decision-making and execution authority. Further speeding up decision-making are the organizations/efforts that empower their lower echelons within the organization. Interestingly, as related as these two characteristics are, they were not universally highlighted in the same organizations/efforts. Finally, teams taking intelligent risks was another characteristic highlighted in nine of the reports. This is a characteristic of innovative organizations that tend to perform rapidly [emphasis added].
I think those top four elements were found in Rickover’s nuclear reactors division. Rickover interviewed over ten thousand sailors and had over 100 managers report directly to him. It may be debatable how much he delegated decisions to the lower levels, but no doubt he took intelligent risks.
It’s perhaps appropriate that hand-picking a team tops the list. After all, it’s hard to have a flat organization tolerant of risk taking and delegated decisions if there is not a certain amount of trust. Defense leaders often talk about the importance of culture, but few organizations have much control over their own culture. Indeed, organizational cultures are often dictated by the program planning processes they coalesce around.
The Space Force was often touted as required if only due to the need to foster a unique culture. However, the Space Force reported that:
The Air Force currently handles recruitment for space missions and units that were previously part of AFSPC. The Space Force will work closely with Air Force Headquarters and the Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS) to identify specific recruiting quotas and monitor, assess, and adjust goals and quotas so that recruiting needs are met.
However there is this:
In the coming months, planners will create processes to enable personnel joining the Space Force to be placed directly into specific, space-related tracked both before and after commissioning.
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Extending, Reenlisting, and Retraining + Green Door
Discussion in ' Enlisted Issues Forum ' started by si1ent , Apr 8, 2017 .
si1ent Airman Donator
Ok, I'm looking over 36-2606 regarding reenlisting and I've got questions. My situation is this: I'm retraining into 1B4X1 and had to extend to get 3 years from my graduation date. Did that. However, I just got picked up for a green door assignment and that requires 4 years from my RNLT date (June). I hit 5 years this December of my 6 year contract. Can I cancel my extension and reenlist? I'm looking at table 5.6 and I think I fall into the 13-24 month window. Then Table 5.7 says served at least 60 months in the current enlistment. So that would put me eligible in December? And if I reenlist this December that would give me 1 year + 4 year reenlistment, correct? Any insight would be fantastic.
I don't think you can cancel your extension due to the condition that generated the extention still exists. THAT being said. That is validated by the MPF technician, so if they don't catch it then ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
KellyinAvon Blue-ID Mafia Consigliere Airman
They finally got Comm in the GREEN DOOR program? I was beating that drum in 2002.
1B4x1 is currently aligned under A3. There's a distinct difference between Comm and Cyber. He has a Green Door assignment for Cyber.
Doc II AFEF Social Worker
The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about fucking Fight Club.
that_greedo_guy Undisputed Death Pool Champion Airman Donator
KellyinAvon said: ↑ They finally got Comm in the GREEN DOOR program? I was beating that drum in 2002. Click to expand...
that_greedo_guy said: ↑ That is an interesting statement... our unit has sent quite a few Comm guys to GD assignments. Click to expand...
Nuke dope as a muthaf**kin acid trip. staff member administrator moderator.
Doc II said: ↑ The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about fucking Fight Club. Click to expand...
Nuke said: ↑ Green Door is a known special duty mechanism. I will shut it down if it goes into specific assignments. Click to expand...
Telaj said: ↑ I don't think you can cancel your extension due to the condition that generated the extention still exists. THAT being said. That is validated by the MPF technician, so if they don't catch it then ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Click to expand...
Tonitrus Airman Donator
From your first post (if it still matters), you talked of being in your reenlistment window...doesn't the need to get retainability qualify as a the service-related exception to reenlist early ahead of said window? I just had one subordinate, who had gotten an extension to take an OCONUS assignment, cancel his extension to reenlist (for an SRB) prior to entering his extension. I believe the reason for cancellation of the extension was to reenlist instead (though, in his case, he was well inside his normal reenlist window as a second-term Airman...so likely not an equal example).
Tonitrus said: ↑ From your first post (if it still matters), you talked of being in your reenlistment window...doesn't the need to get retainability qualify as a the service-related exception to reenlist early ahead of said window? Click to expand...
If you have 30 days to cancel your extension and reenlist, then what's the problem? Pcs? Tdy? Edit: or are folks at the school saying you have that option? Is that's the case, take their reference to mpf and ask.
Bulletfodder said: ↑ If you have 30 days to cancel your extension and reenlist, then what's the problem? Pcs? Tdy? Edit: or are folks at the school saying you have that option? Is that's the case, take their reference to mpf and ask. Click to expand...
Once you enter an extension, it cannot be cancelled.
Weekend Warrior said: ↑ Once you enter an extension, it cannot be cancelled. Click to expand...
spookyload Airman Donator
With a SRB in the mix, they want you to extend because it is free retain ability for them. If you reenlist and you are already in an extension, you simply won't get paid for the months you have left in the extension. I get that you are trying to make some money, but the assignment you got isn't easy to get. I would quit playing games with your extension/reenlistment and just get the job done. That is what they were looking for when you were selected, don't prove them wrong before you even show up with these games.
spookyload said: ↑ With a SRB in the mix, they want you to extend because it is free retain ability for them. If you reenlist and you are already in an extension, you simply won't get paid for the months you have left in the extension. I get that you are trying to make some money, but the assignment you got isn't easy to get. I would quit playing games with your extension/reenlistment and just get the job done. That is what they were looking for when you were selected, don't prove them wrong before you even show up with these games. Click to expand...
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Demystifying the mystique of intel
Army Capt. Eugene Hunt and Capt. Charles Carter review an aeronautical chart used by 379th Air Expeditionary Wing aircrews. Captain Hunt is a ground liaison officer with and Captain Carter is an intelligence weapons officer, both assigned to the 379th AEW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ricky Best)
Behind the "green door" - Demystifying the mystique of Intel
- Published Dec. 27, 2006
- By Maj. Ann Peru Knabe
- 379th AEW Public Affairs