Resource Management Program

Fiscal Year 2014 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.


  • Combat Operations in a Denied Environment

    Project Leaders: Robert Tripp, Brent Thomas
    Sponsors: PACAF/CC,* PACAF/A5/8
    Level of Effort (STE): 4.0

    This project will inform the development of Air Force strategies, policies, concepts of operation, and investments supporting operational resiliency in an anti-access/area denial environment as part of the larger national strategy associated with a “shift to the Pacific.” The work will expand prior-year analysis of capabilities and resources that may be subject to attack, determine damage expectancies, evaluate how current processes and associated resources impact sortie generation capabilities, and estimate how alternative mitigation strategies would impact sortie generation capabilities, cost, and risk. The capabilities that will be added to the attack and mitigation assessments include munitions storage and production resources, weapon system maintenance resources, command and control, and other resources. Additionally, this project will explore interactions of attack and mitigation assessments with resources previously modeled, including runways, aircraft, aircraft in shelter, fuel, and active defense resources.

  • Cost-Effective Readiness

    Project Leaders: Patrick Mills, Sarah Nowak
    Sponsors: AFSC/CC,* AF/A4/7, AFLCMC/CC
    Level of Effort (STE): 3.0

    This project will conduct analyses to assist the Air Force as it focuses not only on wartime effectiveness but also cost-effective peacetime readiness. This work will supplement AF/A4/7’s efforts to respond to a June CORONA tasking from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

  • Linking Air Force Infrastructure Resources to Readiness

    Project Leaders: Patrick Mills, Muharrem Mane
    Sponsors: AF/A4/7,* AF/A7C
    Level of Effort (STE): 3.5

    This project seeks to tie USAF infrastructure resources to combat readiness to guide investment decisions. The USAF lacks a way of evaluating and articulating risks to missions from reductions in infrastructure funding during the program objective memorandum process. PAF is developing a methodology to quantify the impact of infrastructure investment decisions on mission readiness and life-cycle costs. PAF will then use this methodology to examine the impact of different investment strategies on infrastructure and mission outcomes.

  • Implications of Alternative Basing Postures

    Project Leaders: Sean Bednarz, Paul DeLuca
    Sponsor: SAF/IE
    Level of Effort (STE): 2.75

    PAF is investigating the costs and benefits of future alternative basing postures across the USAF portfolio, from a relatively large number of small, dispersed installations to a relatively small number of large installations. The research will focus on the trade-offs among infrastructure costs, operating and support costs to execute the steady-state mission, and environmental impacts.

  • Implications of Alternative Basing Postures

    Project Leaders: Sean Bednarz, Paul DeLuca
    Sponsor: SAF/IE
    Level of Effort (STE): 2.75

    PAF is investigating the costs and benefits of future alternative basing postures across the USAF portfolio, from a relatively large number of small, dispersed installations to a relatively small number of large installations. The research will focus on the trade-offs among infrastructure costs, operating and support costs to execute the steady-state mission, and environmental impacts.

  • Cyber Mission Assurance in Weapon System Acquisition

    Project Leaders: Don Snyder, Jim Powers
    Sponsor: AFLCMC/CC
    Level of Effort (STE): 2.5

    This project will develop policy, process governance, and organizational recommendations to improve mission assurance of acquired weapon systems throughout their life cycle in the face of advanced cyber threats.

  • Reducing Operating and Support Costs for the Mobility Air Forces

    Project Leaders: Sean Bednarz, Thomas Light
    Sponsors: AMC/A5/8,* AMC/A4
    Level of Effort (STE): 2.5

    This project seeks to identify strategies the USAF can adopt to reduce mobility aircraft operating and support costs. Strategies will be evaluated based on their cost-savings potential in the near and longer term and their potential impact on operational readiness.

  • Phase A Case Studies—Impacting Development and Production Cost and Schedule Performance

    Project Leaders: Mark Arena, Obaid Younossi, Mark Lorell
    Sponsor: AFCAA
    Level of Effort (STE): 2.0

    This project will assess implementation of recent initiatives in the Phase A segment of defense acquisition programs, including any pre-Milestone B activities, to identify and document which initiatives are being implemented and how they are being implemented, to assess areas where programs have run into difficulties in execution, and to identify early trends and best practices that might be taken forward. While it may be too early to evaluate successes or failures of initiatives in programs that are not yet in production, we will seek to document the current assumptions and decisions—or “what was planned”—for the purpose of building a baseline for future assessments.

  • Weapon System Acquisition and Cost Analysis Umbrella Project

    Project Leaders: William Shelton, Stephen Joplin, Robert S. Leonard, Anthony Rosello
    Sponsor: SAF/AQX
    Level of Effort (STE): 6.0

    The purpose of this multiyear project is to conduct analyses of interest to SAF/AQX to improve weapon system acquisition outcomes and develop better cost-estimating tools for use by the acquisition community. This year’s project includes updating the Selected Acquisition Report database, conducting analyses of recent program performance to determine whether acquisition policy changes are creating the desired effects, and conducting analyses to support the Air Force’s Industrial Liaison Office.

  • Support for FY 2015 F-22 Sustainment Business Case Analysis

    Project Leader: Michael Boito
    Sponsor: AFLCMC/PEO F&B
    Level of Effort (STE): 6.27

    This project is supporting the F-22 System Sustainment Office in a business case analysis (BCA) of F-22 aircraft and F119 engine sustainment. It will include an assessment of Air Force progress with implementation of recommendations from the 2010 Sustainment BCA, and identification of additional elements of the F-22 Sustainment that could be transitioned to organic support in 2018 and beyond. The BCA will focus on the supply chain management (SCM) function for the aircraft and engine, but will include other sustainment functions, and will examine the benefits and risks of decoupling training systems management from the air vehicle sustainment contract. The BCA will develop alternatives to the existing sustainment approach for SCM, and will compare the estimated costs and performance of these alternatives for the period 2018-2031. The sources and rationale for savings will be identified.

  • * Indicates Primary Sponsor