Air Force Risks Maintaining capability during transition Resource limitations Working with other Service Groups Recruiting, Retention & Reshaping Air Forces Reputation
Air Force Priorities Providing Government with first-rate Air Power First Rate Air Power in Operations ranging from warfighting to humanitarian support. Moving to highly capable networked systems Primary Driver for force development is defence of Australia. Air Force automatically enabled for expeditionary operations. Structure for the most dangerous and adapt for the most likely.
Air Force Priorities Providing Government with first-rate Air Power Enhance the Air Force team and our relationships People are the key to capability. Nurture image and reputation to remain an employer of choice. Foster quality relationships with other Defence Groups. Development of an Enterprise Model to streamline process. Reinstatement of the Air Force Board. Project RESHAPE
Air Force Priorities Providing Government with first-rate Air Power Enhance the Air Force team and our relationships Develop Mastery of Air Power Fundamental reform of Air Forces educational culture. Strategically Focused Air Force. Air Force wide understanding of the broader context of the application of air power. Project AFTER – educational needs based on future organisational and capability requirements.
Air Force Priorities Providing Government with first-rate Air Power Enhance the Air Force team and our relationships Develop Mastery of Air Power Improve Strategy development and implementation To become an Air Force better designed to decide. Decision Superiority essential for the future networked force. Force designed, educated and trained to make superior decisions. Decision superiority in the field, in the office and in a committee.
Air Force Priorities Providing Government with first-rate Air Power Enhance the Air Force team and our relationships Develop Mastery of Air Power Improve Strategy development and implementation Improve our internal and external communications Develop capacity to communicate effectively, both internally and externally. Communication vital for coherence of our force, our unity of purpose and our effectiveness. Informing and educating the community about Air Force Air Force people capable of communicating the Air Force story.
What are the Challenges now Operationally stretched and deployment weary
Air Force Support Middle East Area of Operations AP-3C (CTE 633.2) MEAO 2 aircraft / 178 pers 1407 Mission flown since Jan 03 92% mission success (20% of P-3 assets) C-130 (CTE 633.4) MEAO 3 aircraft / 138 pers 47 million lbs cargo flown since Feb 03 97343 pax / 2284 AME / 2883 missions 114 CRU (CTE 633.12) Kandahar Airfield 1 TPS-77 Radar / 75 pers since Jul 07 Controlling over ½ Afghanistan airspace - 24/7 Other AF personnel in MEAO (inc support to Army) Embedded HQ and Coalition staff / 34 pers Total of 425 AF pers in MEAO
What are the Challenges now Operationally stretched and deployment weary Dealing with aging aircraft issues Growing new capability, while maintaining current capability Competing for a Skilled Workforce – Retention and Recruitment
88 90 92 94 96 98 00 02 23 21 19 17 15 13 11 YEAR PEOPLE (1000s) Workforce Numbers Current Challenges: - Some hollowness today - High operational tempo - Skills/Rank imbalances - Transition load
13896 01 Sep 08 AF Personnel Strength Wastage – 7% (ideal) Recruiting (Meet Targets) Non effective LWOP MATL Medical 182 1,570Under Training 8,606 Actual Workforce available to operate Trained Staff DSG 789 DMO 856 Trainers 867 VCDF/JOC 445 Other Gps 581 The Bottom Line Approved AFS = 14056 Current Est. = 14272 (+216) Current Strength = 13896 (-160) Authorised FTE = 875 Actual FTE = 883 (+8)
Where are we Going Every major platform changing in the next 10 years
Force Transition F/A-18 F-111 AEW&C KC-30B Vigilare C2 UPGRADES JSF B 707 MRTT C-17 Super Hornet C-130H C-130J REPLACEMENT DHC4 AP-3C MUAS P8 MMA US/AS SSA PC9 New Pilot Trainer 2020201920182017201620152014201320122011201020092008200720062005
Where are we Going Every major platform changing in the next 10 years Introduction into service of three new aircraft in the next two years
Where are we Going Every major platform changing in the next 10 years Introduction into service of three new aircraft in the next two years With the introduction of each platform a change to the way we fight Changes in skill sets of the people Air Force needs Keeping pace with community expectations of an employer
Air Force Improvement Program Govt Budget cuts Departmental 5% savings Defence Capability Plan Whitepaper Competitive labour market High operational tempo FASOC PressuresFuture Risks & Challenges Reshape, Re-engineer, Regenerate Issues The Air Force Improvement Team (AFIT) was established in January 2008 to develop a culture and systematic methodology which improves Air Force capabilities and makes best use of available resources with measurable sustained improvements in effectiveness and efficiency Change Management Communications Risk analysis Rewards Organisational culture Strategic Alignment & Direction Organisational strategy Leadership & behaviours Industry/DMO partnering Financial Management Budget management Accountability Cost benefit analysis Cost modelling Performance Measurement Organisational KPIs Performance metrics Training & Education Lean, 6 Sigma Theory of constraints Coaching & mentoring PMET