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Deborah Lee James: Air Force Eyes $2B in Savings Through Reorganization

Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James

The Air Force plans to realign staff functions at headquarters across the service in an effort to achieve its goal of reducing costs by at least 20 percent over the next five years.

The reorganization is intended to save the branch as much as $1.6 billion as well as to improve business processes and eliminate redundancy, the Defense Department said Monday.

“We are aggressively pursuing reductions within the first year, rather than spread them out over five years as allowed by DoD,” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

“It’s better for airmen because it provides them predictability and allows us to re-stabilize our workforce sooner,” she added.

“It also allows us to harvest the savings earlier so that we can plow it back into readiness and some of our key modernization programs,” she added.

According to DoD, the Air Force wants to consolidate installation oversight and mission support tasks into a newly formed Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.

The effort also includes realigning functions within the service’s major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies, according to DoD.

“Reducing higher headquarters’ staffs means we can save money that can be re-invested in getting ready for combat missions at the wing level,” said Bill Booth, Air Force acting deputy chief management officer.

Air Force officials also intend to integrate the Air Force ISR agency into the 25th Air Force command and control division, according to DoD.

The branch will launch voluntary separation incentive pay and voluntary early retirement authority programs in order to minimize the realignment’s impact on civilian staff.

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