Slowly Implementing Force Structure Recommendations

The Air Force has made “limited progress” implementing the recommendations made by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, according to a May 6 report by the Government Accountability Office. As of February, the service had implemented or closed just six of the 42 recommendations. Those implemented, include:

  • Increased flexibility in applying budget cuts
  • Considering the “closing or warm basing of some installations”
  • Changing wing-level organizations to group organizations
  • Revising an agreement with the Council of Governors to allow USAF leaders to consult directly with the council when requested
  • Discontinuing the use of non-disclosure agreements in the corporate process.

The commission also recommended USAF disestablish Air Force Reserve Command. The service disagreed with this recommendation and considers the matter closed, according to the report. The GAO recommended the Air Force develop a complete implementation plan for the remaining 36 commission recommendations and the service agreed to do so. The Air Force also has revised its approach to managing the implementation of the commission’s recommendations and has assigned a general officer, or civilian equivalent?, to manage and oversee that process, according to the report. (Read the full 2014 NCSAF report; Caution, large-sized file.)