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The results.

There are many ways to measure mission success. One of them is the count--how much did we do, how much got done, what did we complete? A second way to measure success is meeting our customers" needs. That means three things: first, understanding what the problem really is; second, giving our customers a great, workable solution; and third, meeting Air Force study priorities and needs.

Introduction

The Air Force Logistics Management Agency (AFLMA) is a field operating agency of Headquarters Air Force (AF) located at Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, Alabama. We serve under the direction of the Director of Transformation (AF A41), Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support (AF A4/7). In accordance with Air Force Mission Directive 33, we focus on four principal missions: 1) studies and analyses which generate logistics solutions, 2) supporting Air Force enterprise logistics transformation (owner of the Logistics Enterprise Architecture [LogEA]), 3) support for wargames, and 4) publishing literature related to agile combat support (ACS). The Agency assumed the LogEA mission in March 2008. As the Air Force implements various initiatives under Expeditionary Logistics for the 21st Century (eLog21), the AFLMA will ensure compliance of those initiatives with the overarching LogEA.

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We have approximately 40 logistics researchers, analysts, other specialists, and support staffers on hand whose sole purpose is to deliver to you--our customer--the best possible analyses of logistics issues and challenges in order to improve ACS for the warfighter. This Year in Review will give you a summary of our activities over the past year.

The AFLMA is uniquely positioned to be a leader in logistics transformation efforts and the logistics go to problem solver for the US Air Force. If we get a request for assistance that we can't handle, then we will refer the requester to one of our strategic partners.

Simply stated, we want to be the first responders when Air Force organizations have logistics problems. We also want to make Air Force Smart Operations (AFSO21) principles a way of life both internally and externally for all of our research activities.

A Brief Overview of AFLMA Activities in 2008

Studies and Analyses. A major charge of the AFLMA is to study and analyze Air Force logistical processes. This is accomplished through the generation of high-quality studies, reports, and analyses that are designed to enhance logistics efficiency and effectiveness. Through these reports, the AFLMA designs concepts, methods, and systems to improve Air Force logistics and thus increase readiness and overall combat capability. To accomplish this portion of the mission, the AFLMA provides decision-quality recommendations which sharpen ACS capabilities and shape Air Force logistics policies. In 2008, the Air Force Logistics Management Agency completed 51 studies. This continued our practice of completing 40 to 50 projects each year (Figure 1). Figure 2 stratifies our studies by project sponsor.

Examples of our studies include retrograde Spares Supply Chain Management, Nuclear Weapons-Related Materiel Research, Prepositioning Of Small-Arms Weapons in the Area of Responsibility (AOR), and developing and publishing an updated Joint contingency contracting handbook.

Retrograde Spares Supply Chain Management--the Air Force for some time has aggressively monitored the prioritized distribution of newly repaired parts from its repair depots to base-level users. However, it has not closely monitored the retrograde of unserviceable carcasses from the base to higher echelon repair depots. Estimates indicated some 7,000 assets worth $232M are in the retrograde pipeline at any particular time. To correct this deficiency, the AFLMA developed an enterprise system (supply application) to track unserviceable parts between the bases and the repair depots. As part of this effort, the Agency also conducts periodic reviews to resolve discrepancies between transportation and shipping data and the supply data at both the bases and depot. The increased visibility of assets improves requirements calculations, repair scheduling, and overall supply support to the warfighter.

Nuclear Weapons-Related Materiel (NWRM) Research--in 2008 the Secretary of Defense directed a complete worldwide inventory of NWRM assets. To support this requirement, AFLMA provided data extraction and analysis for the inventory review, as well as the lead analyst for the Comprehensive Assessment of Nuclear Sustainment review. The Agency's efforts in this area continued into 2009.

Prepositioning of Small-Arms Weapons in the AOR--the Air Staff approved prepositioning of small arms in the AOR. As a result, units were tasked to leave their weapons in the AOR and this caused shortages at home stations. These shortages affected unit-level readiness levels. To respond to the problem, AFLMA developed a methodology to ensure those units that were tasked to leave weapons in the AOR could be backfilled in an appropriate manner, taking into account mission requirements (special operations, and outside the continental United States units) and public laws (as pertains to the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve). We then developed a methodology to assess Air Force-wide mission capabilities associated with these weapons.

Joint Contingency Contracting Handbook--during 2006 and 2007 AFLMA developed the first Joint handbook--Contingency Contracting: A Joint Handbook. This award-winning book was expanded and updated in 2008 to produce Contingency Contracting: A Joint Handbook for the 21st Century. Major enhancements included in the new handbook included critical information checklists, updated tools, templates, training scenarios, and interactive games. In addition, all the information provided on the handbook DVD was uploaded to a Web site accessible to contingency contracting officers in the field or at home station.

Other projects provided decision support for AFSO21 initiatives, information technology development and data management projects, and cost studies.

Logistics Transformation. To fully meet the Agency's role in transformation, we've reorganized our division structure, and the AFLMA has been brought under the Directorate of Transformation (AF A41) (see Figure 3). To support logistics transformation, AFLMA is working closely with Information Technology (AF A4IS), Transformation Management (AF A4ID), and Logistics Transformation (AF A4IT). These divisions, along with AFLMA, are developing a partnership to further transformation through research and implementation of eLog21 initiatives. Examples of major transformation activities are as follows: 1) LogEA (contract data requirements list review, Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) Systems View-8, and architecture compliance), 2) ECSS (source selection participant and blueprinting--subject matter experts and quick-turn analysis), and 3) Research (data integrity, operations flying hour information technology systems and ECSS touch points, and metrics data for ECSS operation, test, and evaluation).

Wargames. The AFLMA has been the AF A4/7's logistics executive agent for Air Force Title X wargames since 1997. The AFLMA's primary role is to improve logistics play and to develop and execute DCS, Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support objectives in Air Force Title X wargames. More specifically, the mission of the Wargame Division includes: 1) assisting AF A4/7 and other wargame action agencies to ensure logistics capabilities are accurately portrayed in wargames, 2) providing game design and modeling and simulation (M&S) assistance, 3) ensuring use of relevant logistics information and data in wargames, 4) observing and participating in Title X and other major wargames, and 5) providing pre-and post-wargame assessment, and assistance in adjudication of Title X and other major wargame events as required. AFLMA's role in logistics M&S is increasing. As a key advisor to the AF A4I-led Logistics M&S Integrated Product Team, the Wargame Division directly supports the development of both a strategic plan and implementation plan. The plans are aimed at forming a strategic framework from which to acquire, develop, manage, and operate logistics M&S solutions. These solutions will enable the Air Force to organize, train, equip, and employ current as well as future air, space, and cyberspace forces for the Joint warfighter. In 2008, we supported three major activities: 1) Senior Decision Making Exercise 2008, 2) Global Mobility Wargame 2008, and 3) Unified Engagement 2008.

Publications. The fourth mission focus area for the AFLMA is publishing ACS-related literature. The AFLMA develops, prepares, produces, and publishes four times per year the Air Force Journal of Logistics--the professional logistics publication of the Air Force. This peer-reviewed journal provides an open forum for presenting research, innovative thinking, and ideas and issues of interest to the Air Force and civilian logistics communities. In addition to the primary Air Force audience, the Journal serves a secondary audience throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) and US government, and a tertiary audience in industry, academia, and foreign nations. Of note during 2008 was the Journal AFSO21 special edition. The AFLMA also develops, prepares, produces, and publishes books, monographs, and handbooks and guides to meet the needs of the Air Force logistics community at large, professional military education programs, continuing education programs, and mentoring. In 2008, without question, the most significant publication was Contingency Contracting: A Joint Handbook for the 21st Century. This pocket-sized handbook and its accompanying DVD directly facilitates the training and support of all acquisition professionals from all branches of Service. More than 10,000 copies were produced to support the DoD requirement. It contains Joint contingency contracting doctrine and describes the military's capabilities, best practices, and fundamental principles that guide the employment of US contracting forces in a Joint environment. Other major publishing projects were Maintenance Metrics U.S. Air Force, Logistics Dimensions 2008, and C-5 TNMCM Study II.

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Special Mention

* Seven AFLMA personnel were deployed during 2007 to Iraq and Afghanistan: five logistics readiness officers (LRO), one contracting officer, and one analyst. For most of the LROs, these rotations and 365-day TDYs were preceded by 8 weeks of training with the US Army.

* We collaborated with faculty and students at a number of DoD schools including Defense Acquisition University-South, Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) School of Systems and Logistics, the AFIT School of Engineering and Management, the Advanced Logistics Readiness Officer Course, and the USAF Maintenance Group Commanders' Course.

* We strengthened ongoing strategic partnerships with the Logistics Management Institute, ICF International, and RAND.

Conclusion

If you can't find the logistics knowledge you need in our publications or on our Web site, let us know. We'll work with you to find that knowledge.

2008 Completed Projects

Contracting

* LC200626200, Standardize Contingency Contracting Training Plan

* LC200631101, Joint Contingency Contracting Handbook

Maintenance

* LM200815800, Air National Guard Global Wing Restructure Test

* LM200817000, AIT LRS IN CHECK VSM

* LM200712100, Maintenance Data Integrity Study

* LM200835802, 1970s Legacy Logistics IT Systems

* LM200714400, Bill of Materials Initiative for Incorporation

* LM200835801, Weapon System Availability Potential

* LM200829800, USAF Munitions Logistics Enterprise

Readiness/Transformation

* LR200715100 Equipment Retention Analysis

* LR200724902 Supply Chain Operations Design Team (SCO DT)

* LR200700706 COLT Metrics: DLA Demand Data

* LR200700702 National Stock Number Level Issue and Stockage

* LY200817300, Comprehensive Assessment of Nuclear Sustainment

* LR200623000 Adjusting Supply Chain Data to Support RE21

* LR200700703 Alternative Demand Data Sources for Readiness

* LR200700701, Air Force Total Ownership Cost (AFTOC) Data

* LR200729700, Forward Stocking of AF Managed Items at DDKS

* LR200733409, Transportation Requirements for AOR Assets

* LR200725000, Supply Chain Process Sustainment (SCPS) Entity

* LR200725304, Enterprise Assessments for Equipment

* LR200733403, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques

* LR200810200, Item Accountability--Part 1

* LR200818200, RBL Quarterly Computation Analysis Support

* LR200733413, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques--Part 1

* LR200725301, Enterprise Assessments for Spares

* LR200803900, Initial Implementation for Forward Stocking AF

* LR200729600, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques--Part 2

* LR200723400, Developing a Standard Methodology to Forecast

* LR200729000, Supply Data Integrity (RAMP vs SBSS)

* LR200804300, Review of DAAS Edits for Suspected FAD 1

* LR200733412, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques--Part 3

* LR200812000, Inventory Analysis of Nuclear Weapons Related Materiel

* LR200808700, Transportation Requirements for the AOR

* LR200809400 Review of the Criteria for Using the Heuristic in RBL

* LR200727803, Measuring the Effectiveness of the CHPMSK+

* LR200809401 D200A EOQ Additive Requirement

* LR200818300, RBL Quarterly Computation Analysis Support

* LR200725300, Using COLT for GSD Management

* LR200733100, Logistics Enterprise Architecture (LogEA)

* LR200830300, Computing IRSP Off-Set Levels for FY10 Kits

* LR200829400, PACAF F-16 Aggressors CHPMSK

* LR200821400, RBL Quarterly Computation Analysis Support

* LR200822100, AF Subscale Aeriel Target Spares Requirements

* LR200829401, Adjusted Stock Level Reconciliation for AF

* LR200815806, CHPMSK+ for C-130s at Bagram Air Base

* LR200815802, Analysis of SBSS Shipment Suspense Details

* LY200605800, Bench Stock Implementation Support

Wargames

* LX200713500, Futures Capabilities 2007

* LX200808000, Strategic Decision Making Exercise (SDME) 2008

* LX200726203, Global Mobility (GLOMO) 2008

results at a glance

Total 2008 Completed Projects

* 51 Studies

Completed Expeditionary Airpower and Agile Combat Support Studies and Research

2008 Completed Projects

* LC200626200, Standardize Contingency Contracting Training Plan

* LC200631101, Joint Contingency Contracting Handbook

* LM200815800, Air National Guard Global Wing Restructure Test

* LM200712100, Maintenance Data Integrity Study

* LM200835802, 1970s Legacy Logistics IT Systems

* LM200835801, Weapon System Availability Potential

* LM200829800 USAF Munitions Logistics Enterprise

* LR200715100, Equipment Retention Analysis

* LR200724902 Supply Chain Operations Design Team (SCO DT)

* LR200700706 COLT Metrics: DLA Demand Data

* LR200700702 National Stock Number Level Issue and Stockage

* LR200623000 Adjusting Supply Chain Data to Support RE21

* LR200700703 Alternative Demand Data Sources for Readiness

* LR200700701 Air Force Total Ownership Cost (AFTOC) Data

* LR200729700, Forward Stocking of AF Managed Items at DDKS

* LR200733409, Transportation Requirements for AOR Assets

* LR200725000, Supply Chain Process Sustainment (SCPS) Entity

* LR200725304, Enterprise Assessments for Equipment

* LR200733403, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques

* LR200810200, Item Accountability--Part 1

* LR200818200, RBL Quarterly Computation Analysis Support

* LR200733413, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques--Part 1

* LR200725301 Enterprise Assessments for Spares

* LR200803900, Initial Implementation for Forward Stocking AF

* LR200729600, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques--Part 2

* LR200723400. Developing a Standard Methodology to Forecast

* LR200729000, Supply Data Integrity (RAMP vs SBSS)

* LR200733412, Review of F-22 Spares Forecasting Techniques--Part 3

* LR200812000, Inventory Analysis of Nuclear Weapons Related Materiel

* LR200808700, Transportation Requirements for the AOR

* LR200809400, Review of the Criteria for Using the Heuristic in RBL

* LR200727803, Measuring the Effectiveness of the CHPMSK+

* LR200725300, Using COLT for GSD Management

* LR200733100, Logistics Enterprise Architecture (LogEA)

* LR200830300, Computing IRSP Off-Set Levels for FY10 Kits

* LR200829400, PACAF F-16 Aggressors CHPMSK

* LR200822100, AF Subscale Aeriel Target Spares Requirements

* LR200829401, Adjusted Stock Level Reconciliation for AF

* LR200815806, CHPMSK+ for C-130s at Bagram Air Base

* LX200713500, Futures Capabilities 2007

* LX200808000, Strategic Decision Making Exercise (SDME) 2008

* LX200726203, Global Mobility (GLOMO) 2008

* LY200605800, Bench Stock Implementation Support

Major Publishing Projects

Contingency Contracting: A Joint Handbook for the 21st Century

Maintenance Metrics U.S. Air Force

Logistics Dimensions 2008

C-5 TNMCM Study II

Cumulative Index: Air Force Journal of Logistics, Eighth Edition

Information for Contributors: Air Force Journal of Logistics

Information Book: Air Force Journal of Logistics

AFLMA Advertising Material

Air Force Journal of Logistics--four editions

Agency Folder and Brochure

Project Manager's Handbook

Strategic Plan: AFLMA

AFLMA Year in Review 2007

Agency Booth and Display

R. Dean Golden, DPA, Director
Figure 1. Completed AFLMA Studies 1999-2008

CY2008 51
CY2007 46
CY2006 42
CY2005 47
CY2004 41
CY2003 69
CY2002 37
CY2001 39

Note: Table made from bar graph.

Figure 2. Completed Studies 2008

HQ USAF/A4R 37%

HQ USAF/A4P 2%

HQ USAF/A4MW 2%

HQ USAF/A4IT 8%

HQ USAF/A4I 8%

HQ USAF/A4/7 2%

HQ PACAF/A4 2%

HQ AMC/A4 4%

HQ AFMC/XP 2%

HQ AFMC/A8S 2%

HQ AFMC/A4I 10%

HQ AFMC/A4 8%

HQ AETC/A4 2%

ANG/A4 2%

878 AESG/SYL 2%

478 AESW/DV 2%

US Army War College 2%

OSD-ATL 2%

AFNWC/CC 2%

Note: Table made from pie chart.
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Title Annotation:AFLMA 2008: Generating Transformational Solutions Today; Focusing the Logistics Enterprise of the Future
Author:Golden, R. Dean
Publication:Air Force Journal of Logistics
Date:Jun 22, 2009
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