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ERIC Number: ED554592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 176
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-309-14197-0
ISSN: N/A
Examination of the U.S. Air Force's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Needs in the Future and Its Strategy to Meet Those Needs
National Academies Press
The Air Force requires technical skills and expertise across the entire range of activities and processes associated with the development, fielding, and employment of air, space, and cyber operational capabilities. The growing complexity of both traditional and emerging missions is placing new demands on education, training, career development, system acquisition, platform sustainment, and development of operational systems. While in the past the Air Force's technologically intensive mission has been highly attractive to individuals educated in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, force reductions, ongoing military operations, and budget pressures are creating new challenges for attracting and managing personnel with the needed technical skills. Assessments of recent development and acquisition process failures have identified a loss of technical competence within the Air Force (that is, in house or organic competence, as opposed to contractor support) as an underlying problem. These challenges come at a time of increased competition for technical graduates who are U.S. citizens, an aging industry and government workforce, and consolidations of the industrial base that supports military systems. In response to a request from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering, the National Research Council conducted five fact-finding meetings at which senior Air Force commanders in the science and engineering, acquisition, test, operations, and logistics domains provided assessments of the adequacy of the current workforce in terms of quality and quantity. The following are appended: (1) Biographical Sketches of Committee Members; (2) Meetings and Speakers; (3) Supporting Demographic Data; (4) Air Force STEM Workforce; (5) Length of Time to Fill Civilian Positions; (6) Applying Basic Related Management Process and Model to STEM; and (7) Scientists, Engineers, and the Air Force: An Uncertain Legacy. [Individual chapters provide references.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Air Force (DOD)
Authoring Institution: National Academies, National Research Council; National Academies, National Academy of Sciences
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: FA9550-08-1-0253