Fiscal Year 2012 Research Agenda

Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program

The Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program concentrates on questions about workforce size and composition and about the best ways to recruit, train, pay, promote, and retain personnel. PAF's research encompasses the total workforce: active duty, guard, reserve, civilian, and contractor personnel.


Updated: 4/27/2012

Enhancing Force Management and Development; Sensitive I and II

Project Leader: Bart Bennett, Ray Conley, Kirsten Keller, Nelson Lim, Michael Schiefer
Sponsor: AF/A1D*
Level of Effort (STE): 5.5

The purpose of this project is to examine airman development patterns and recommend approaches for the Air Force to manage its people, balancing functional development and institutional needs. It will provide timely analytic support to emerging issues in force development, primarily by providing research and policy analysis, leading to policy recommendations related to emerging issues raised by the AF/CV–Force Management Development Council (FMDC), its panels, and subpanels.

Erosion of Core Competencies

Project Leaders: Maria Lytell, Thomas Manacapilli
Sponsors: ACC/CC*; AF/A10
Level of Effort (STE): 2.0

The purpose of this project is to survey the impact of current wars on the Air Force and its ability to execute core competencies. Being “all in” for the current fight is stressing the force, diminishing training opportunities for other sorts of conflicts (full spectrum), and realigning significant portions of budget total obligation authority (TOA) to Irregular Warfare (IW) and counter-insurgency (COIN). Also, a generation of officers and NCOs has only known war—but combat that has been narrowly defined by the unique circumstances of Operations Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND).

Aligning Rated Officer Supply and Demand

Project Leaders: Ray Conley
Sponsors: AF/A3O*; AF/A1P
Level of Effort (STE): 1.5

This project has three objectives. The first is to identify key hurdles and sign posts for implementing the 4-star Rated Summit proposal to ramp up Total Force Integration (TFI) enabling no less than 171 absorbable active duty pilot billets. The second objective is to assess total force pilot inventory implications of TFI’s expanded absorption of active duty pilots. The third objective is to assess pilot retention given potential airline industry changes.

Size and Shape of the Future Total Force

Project Leader: Al Robbert
Sponsors: AF/CV*; AF/A8; SAF/FMC
Level of Effort (STE): 3.0

The purpose of this project is to further develop and apply principles for determining the mix of active and ARC forces in light of strategic and operational force requirements, tight budgets, national priorities, and other considerations. The project will consider costs, strategic and operational mission requirements, fleet availability, state missions, retention and affiliation issues, compatibility of missions with active and reserve competencies and participation patterns, and other related factors. The project will complement AF/A9’s ongoing Total Force Enterprise analysis.

Reducing Barriers to Diversity

Project Leaders: Lawrence Hanser, Louis Mariano
Sponsors: SAF/MRD*; AF/A1D
Level of Effort (STE): 1.5

The purpose of this project is to identify barriers to diversity in Air Force workforces and to recommend policy and program changes that could reduce or eliminate the barriers. Past efforts have focused heavily on the officer force but also included an initial analysis of enlisted issues. FY12 efforts will focus on enlisted and civilian workforce issues. Because the Air Force total force consists of many workforces, each with its own diversity challenges, this is a multi-year effort.

Tracking the Effectiveness of Warrior and Survivor Care

Project Leader: Carra Sims
Sponsors: SAF/MR*; AF/A1S; NGB/CF; AF/SG
Level of Effort (STE): 1.0

The purpose of this project is to help Air Force and DoD leaders ensure that wounded warriors and their families are properly cared for after they are medically separated or retired. In the first phase of this study, PAF constructed surveys for wounded warriors and caregivers. Approval processes for surveys by various agencies slowed implementation. Work will continue in FY12 for analysis of the wounded warrior survey and fielding of the caregiver survey. Some level of effort will also be required in future years to periodically repeat the surveys.

Operationally Relevant Physical Training Requirements

Project Leader: Sean Robson
Sponsor: AETC/A2/3/10*
Level of Effort (STE): 0.25

The purpose of this project is to determine AFSC-specific, operationally relevant physical training requirements and develop concomitant physical fitness test modalities and standards. The Air Force’s current program is intended to maintain general fitness and health and is not aimed at assessing the ability to perform specific missions or military jobs.

*Primary sponsor