Effective Treatment of Logistics Resource Issues in the Air Force Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS) Process

by Frank Camm, Leslie Lewis


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The Air Force's logistics supply chain involves the participation of many organizations, inside and outside the Air Force, to serve a variety of users with differing needs. The Air Force uses the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS) to fund all elements of the supply chain at levels that give its users appropriate levels of service. The PPBS process has a great deal of difficulty doing this well. Important changes in the Air Force PPBS, financial management, and logistics management processes over the past 15 years have made the task even more difficult. The authors of this report propose several changes in strategy and policy designed to help the Air Force manage and fund its logistics supply chain in a more integrated manner-a manner that can set goals relevant to its customers and use closed-loop accountability systems to manage the supply chain, end-to-end, against these goals. Full implementation of the changes proposed would challenge Air Force organizational culture. The authors identify specific cultural barriers that the Air Force must address to effectively pursue the changes they propose.

Table of Contents

  • Summary

  • Preface

    All Prefatory Materials

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    How the PPBS Process Addresses Resource Questions Relevant to DLRs: Policy Issues

  • Chapter Three

    Proposed Changes in Strategy and Policy

  • Chapter Four

    Complementary Initiatives That Could Facilitate Effective Change

  • Chapter Five

    General Organizational Barriers to Effective Change

  • Chapter Six


  • Supplemental

    Supplementary Materials

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