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National Commission Visits WPAFB to Take Report to President
WPAFB -- President Barack Obama wants to learn more about our Air Force base to determine if and how the Air Force's structure should be modified, so Monday he sent members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force to Wright-Patterson.
The commission members are on a mandated mission from Congress to send a comprehensive report of the U.S. Air Force and its three components: active, reserve and the Air National Guard.
"We are listening to airmen to tell us the areas that are not necessarily broken but using their experience to gather insight as to ways that the Air Force can do its very difficult job even better in the future," said commission member Harry Wyatt III.
The entire Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is about 8,100 acres. The national commission was only here for half a day, so you can imagine it's tough to show off the entire bass in so little time.
"As you can imagine on a base with 115 units it's kind of difficult to show them everything that goes on here," said Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing commander.
The report and any recommendations are due to the President by Feb. 1, 2014. We asked what recommendations they would give on Wright-Patt.
"The decisions and recommendations are a long way down the road for us," said Commission Chairman Dennis M. McCarthy. "We are in an information-gathering phase. We are going to try and take in as much information as we can and then in the fall sit down and try to analyze that and convert what we've learned into some recommendations."
The analysis will determine if the Air Force's structure needs to change to better fulfill mission requirements, including homeland defense, with the available resources.
"There's a lot of talk in Washington and in the media that sequestration is not having a lot of impact. But one of my takeaways from today is that it is having an impact," said commission member Dr. Janine A. Davidson.
Wright-Patt officials made it clear to the commission how hard it is with sequestration to fit 40 hours of work into a 32-hour work week.
"It's very difficult," said Col. Barlow. "We also wanted to relay in terms of sequestration the impact of a 40 percent budget cut this fiscal year. And the impact of not spending as much on facilities sustainment and restoration.
The Commission also visited Springfield Air National Guard on Monday and Tuesday they will be in Columbus for an open hearing at the Statehouse.
The report they deliver to the President and to Congress will take in the following considerations:
Current and anticipated requirements of the combatant commanders
The appropriate balance between the active component and reserve component and how to take advantage of the unique strengths of both components
Ensuring both components have sufficient capacity for homeland defense and disaster assistance
Sufficient numbers in the active Air Force to provide a base of trained personnel for the reserve component
Providing a force structure that can meet the operational tempo goals of 1:2 for the active component and 1:5 for the reserve component
Maximizing and appropriately balancing affordability, efficiency, effectiveness, capability and readiness
These are the focus points for analysis for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force as outlined in the law establishing the Commission:
Problem Assessment-Explain the historical developments that precipitated the formation of the Commission.
Requirements-Assess how the Department of Defense develops requirements and assigns and allocates resources, capabilities, and forces to the combatant commands; assess how the Air Force distributes resources, capabilities, and forces by component according to those requirements.
Force Structure Balance-Establish the basis upon which resources, forces, capabilities, facilities and people should be allocated to each component, considering current decision-making processes along with other potential parameters.
Homeland Capacity-Determine the resources, capabilities, forces, facilities and personnel required for each component to enable non-DoD agencies, organizations, and jurisdictions to be prepared to respond to emergencies and to contribute to the command defense of the territorial United States.
Human Capital-Examine all personnel aspects for all three component, define the market relationships underlying personnel recruiting and retention, and determine the end strength requirements needed to proved the necessary skilled people across all specialties.
Operations and Personnel Tempo-Examine the rationale for specified operations and personnel tempo criteria, determine the best measures and metrics, and develop appropriate goals for the future.
Cost-Assess all approaches to attributing costs to the components and determine which methodologies are most valid in meeting requirements.
Force Effectiveness-Construct an analytic method and process that optimizes the distribution of resources, capabilities, forces, facilities and personnel across the components in support of national defense.
National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
Summary of Authorization
The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force was established by Public Law 112-239, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Subtitle G , Section 361-367 lays out the makeup, authority, and duties of the Commission.
The Commission is composed of eight members, of whom four were appointed by the President and one each by the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate; the Ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate; the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives; and the Ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives.
The Commission shall select a Chair and Vice Chair from among its members. The Commission shall meet at the call of the Chair. A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold hearings.
The Commission shall undertake a comprehensive study of the structure of the Air Force to determine whether, and how, the structure should be modified to best fulfill current and anticipated mission requirements for the Air Force in a manner consistent with available resources.
In considering the structure of the Air Force, the Commission shall give particular consideration to evaluating a structure that
o meets current and anticipated requirements of the combatant commands;
o achieves an appropriate balance between the regular and reserve components of the Air Force, taking advantage of the unique strengths and capabilities of each;
o ensures that the regular and reserve components of the Air Force have the capacity needed to support current and anticipated homeland defense and disaster assistance missions in the United States;
o provides for sufficient numbers of regular members of the Air Force to provide a base of trained personnel from which the personnel of the reserve components of the Air Force could be recruited;
o maintains a peacetime rotation force to support operational tempo goals of 1:2 for regular members of the Air Forces and 1:5 for members of the reserve components of the Air Force; and
o maximizes and appropriately balances affordability, efficiency, effectiveness, capability, and readiness.
The Commission may hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Commission considers advisable to carry out this subtitle.
The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the Commission considers necessary to carry out this subtitle. Upon request of the Chair of the Commission, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Commission.
Not later than February 1, 2014, the Commission shall submit to the President and the congressional defense committees a report which shall contain a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Commission as a result of the study required by subsection (a), together with its recommendations for such legislation and administrative actions it may consider appropriate in light of the results of the study.
The Commission shall terminate 90 days after the date on which the Commission submits its report.
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