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AFMC Study Cites Cross-Enterprise Collaboration, Innovation as Key Factors for Operational Improvement

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Jeff Brody

The U.S. Air Force Materiel Command recently conducted a study on potential areas for improvement and found that personnel want better communication and innovation across the command.

The Air Force said Wednesday that AFMC sought the input of around 88,000 civilian and military personnel on how to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy as part of the AFMC We Need initiative. Respondents pointed to cross-enterprise collaboration, innovation and communication as key factors for progress, while inconsistent operations significantly limit organizational improvement.

“Capturing both the internal and external perceptions of AFMC was key to this initiative,” said Col. Patrick McDonnell, team lead for the AFMC We Need effort. “We not only wanted to know what our people were seeing, but also how we are perceived by those outside AFMC who we work with on a daily basis in support of the Air Force mission.”

AFMC made improvements in hiring through streamlined procedures and Congressional hiring authorities, the Air Force noted. However, according to AFMC Commander Gen. Arnold Bunch, IT and facility issues require a longer-term strategy.