Fiscal Year 2012 Research Agenda

2012 Resource Management Program Projects

The Resource Management Program analyzes policies and practices in the areas of logistics and readiness; outsourcing, privatization, and contracting; the industrial base; planning, programming, and budgeting; infrastructure; and weapon-system cost estimating. The goal of this program is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of Air Force operations in a resource-constrained environment.

Updated: 4/27/2012

Supporting ACS CFLI POM Responsibilities

Project Leader: Patrick Mills
Sponsors: AFMC/CC*, CV; AFMC/A8/9; AF/A4/7; AF/A8
Level of Effort (STE): 3.0

The purpose of this project is to provide the means for ACS Core Function Lead Integrator (CFLI) to better inform POM formulation. This project has two objectives: (1) develop a framework for estimating Agile Combat Support (ACS) resource requirements as a function of a portfolio of scenarios outlined in defense planning guidance, including methods that describe how differing funding levels and allocations across ACS resource groups impact capabilities and risks, and (2) develop tools to help implement the framework developed in (1).

Why Do Big AF and DoD Automation/ERP Systems Fall Short?

Project Leaders: Jessie Riposo, David Frelinger
Sponsors: SAF/FM; SAF/AQ; AFCAA*; AF/A8; AF/A10
Level of Effort (STE): 3.0

Two interrelated objectives will be pursued in this study:

  • The first objective is to investigate the relationships between business processes and the development and implementation of ERP systems. A framework for assessing the cost and schedule implications of customizing ERP solutions to existing business processes, and vice versa, will be pursued.
  • The second objective is to employ this framework in conjunction with standard information technology drivers and metrics to improve the Air Force’s ability to assess and estimate an ERP program’s schedule.

Options for Mitigating Munitions Shortfalls

Project Leaders: Paul DeLuca, Ken Munson
Sponsors: AF/A8X*; AF/CVR
Level of Effort (STE): 2.0

The purpose of this project is develop and assess options for mitigating shortfalls in munitions inventories to meet future operational needs. FY11 PAF research documented shortfalls in key munitions relative to operational plans and determined that the munitions industrial base cannot surge fast enough to meet those requirements in a timely way, once a conflict is underway. This project will assess two broad sets of options to address shortfalls: (1) constrained munitions in wargaming and (2) the cost/benefits of alternative acquisition strategies to provide more robust munitions options in the future.

Aging Aircraft and How to Recapitalize the Fleet

Project Leaders: Michael Kennedy, Thomas Light
Level of Effort (STE): 1.25

This project will assess the cost of operating and sustaining the future Air Force fixed-wing force structure, which will be a blend of legacy and modern weapon systems. Based on the Air Force’s 30-year force structure plan, the project will forecast the O&S costs of both the legacy fleets (updating prior analyses with the most recent decade of O&S costs) and the newest fleets (to include the F-22, F-35, KC-46, and LRSB) to determine affordability and inform force-structure shaping decisions. This project will be coordinated with the CAF study (F230) and the PAF-Wide Fiscal Planning study (W210).

Logistics Under Attack

Project Leader: Robert Tripp
Sponsors: AF/A4/7*; AF/A3/5; AFMC/A8/9
Level of Effort (STE): 3.0

The objectives of this project are to: (1) assess the vulnerabilities of alternative basing options and associated logistics network designs for supporting contingency operations against near-peer or regional powers who have the capabilities to attack bases and the supporting logistics network; and (2) assess the costs, effectiveness, and risks of alternative strategies to mitigate anti-access and area denial (A2AD) capabilities of adversaries including kinetic and cyber attacks.

Reducing F-35 O&S Costs

Project Leaders: Natalie Crawford, Ronald McGarvey
Sponsors: AF/A4/7*; SAF/AQP; AF/A8; AF/A10; SAF/IA; SAF/FMC
Level of Effort (STE): 3.0

This study will identify actions the Air Force can take to reduce lifecycle sustainment costs for the F-35 fleet. The project will begin with an analysis of the planned sustainment approach and the implications of that approach for the Air Force’s future budgets and the broader Air Force sustainment enterprise. We will then work with the research sponsors to identify specific dimensions of the sustainment strategy for analysis to determine where alternative approaches may result in significant efficiencies.

*Primary sponsor