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The AFMC We Need: Overview

AFMC We Need logoThe Air Force Materiel Command built the most powerful Air Force in the world, and our nation is depending on us to build the Air Force we need to secure our nation’s futureAs the only command inherently responsible for innovation, envisioning, testing, fielding, and sustaining Air Force war-winning capabilities, our command has responsibilities to not only the entire Air Force, but to inform and advance technology for civilian and military applications across the globe.

To ensure AFMC has the best focus, structure and resources to support the National Defense Strategy today and into the future, AFMC leadership has launched a command-wide initiative to identify challenges and opportunities associated with meeting our mission need and to make recommendations for ways to change for the future. The initiative is named the "AFMC We Need."

The AFMC We Need empowers our Airmen to be a driving force behind the changes we need to support the NDS and to develop, sustain and acquire the capabilities our warfighters need to win the fight. The AFMC of the future is flexible and agile, adapts to advances in technology and delivers on its commitments at the speed of relevance to counter today's threats and ensure our Air Force remains lethal and ready.

This commander’s initiative will assemble groups of personnel throughout AFMC to highlight challenges and opportunities associated with the following:

  1. Research and Development
  2. Test and Evaluation
  3. Acquisition
  4. Sustainment
  5. Air Force Installation & Mission Support

The initiative is looking to answer the following questions:

  1.  Is AFMC structured and organized to support the National Defense Strategy and the Air Force we need?
  2.  Is AFMC optimized for innovation, agility and a relentless focus on mission, recruiting and retention?
  3.  Is AFMC anticipating Air Force needs?
  4.  How can AFMC become the enablers of change and change agents for the future?

Through internal focus groups, interviews, questionnaires and feedback, the initiative will make actionable recommendations for the AFMC future. The entire workforce will have the opportunity to participate and shape a workplace that spurs innovation and inspires enthusiasm to reach new levels of mission success.

To support our National Defense Strategy to its fullest, AFMC needs to adapt for the future. And, we need the entire AFMC workforce to enable that change.

 

From the AFMC Commander

Bunch"AFMC is the most important MAJCOM in the U.S. Air Force. It needs to become the most agile and efficient organization to achieve the National Defense Strategy and to get the Air Force We Need.  Only if this command works and this command succeeds can the Air Force succeed.  AFMC built the most powerful Air Force in the world and our nation is depending on us to build the Air Force we need to secure our nation’s future.  However, our adversaries have caught up or exceeded our capabilities in many areas.  Therefore, our command must change at the speed of relevance to counter these threats and build and sustain the most lethal and ready Air Force.  I have directed a command-wide initiative to ensure that AFMC has the best structure, resources, and culture to support the National Defense Strategy.  This is the AFMC We Need!" --Gen Arnold W. Bunch, Jr.

 

News and Updates

The AFMC We Need Team completed training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, July 19, 2019. Team members will begin traveling to AFMC operating locations starting July 22 to conduct focus groups with personnel from across the command. (U.S. Air Force photo / Darrius A. Parker)
Yancy Mailes, Air Force Materiel Command historian, provides background information on the AFMC We Need initiative during cadre training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, July 15. More than 150 AFMC headquarters and center augmentees attended the training to prepare for the implementation of Phase II activities of the AFMC We Need initiative.
The AFMC We Need initiative is a grassroots effort designed to recommend changes to posture the command for future success.
AFMC is the most important major command in the United States Air Force to achieve the National Defense Strategy and to acquire, field and sustain the Air Force We Need. For us to continue to ensure a technological advantage for our nation, we must develop and field technology at the speed of relevance to counter these threats and build and sustain the most lethal and ready Air Force. We are launching a command-wide initiative that aims to capture and elevate grassroots recommendations on AFMC structure and processes that will posture us for mission success in the decades to come. We're calling this the "AFMC We Need."

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is AFMC performing this initiative?

A. AFMC is the most important MAJCOM to achieve the National Defense Strategy and drive to the Air Force We Need.  Only if this command works, and this command succeeds, can the Air Force succeed.This initiative will make recommendations to posture the command for mission success for the next 20 years. The AFMC We Need (AWN) is about empowering our Airmen to help shape the future of AFMC.

Q:  Who is driving this initiative?

A:  This was proactively directed by AFMC leadership.

Q. What is the timeline for the initiative?

A. The initiative began in June 2019 and is expected to be completed by mid- to late-August.

Q. How will the initiative be performed?

A.  A core team will work across the command and across mission and functional areas to assess and provide recommendations. The team will conduct research into existing documents/strategies/reports and will visit most AFMC operating locations to conduct interviews and focus groups. Questionnaires will also be distributed across the command.

Q. How can I participate?

A.  All employees will have the opportunity to provide inputs to this initiative. The online questionnaire is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AFMCWeNeed

Q. Will a final report be produced and made available to employees and the public? Will it be released?

A. A final report will not be produced. Instead a series of recommendations and point papers will be provided to leadership for review and action. Significant recommendations may be publicly released, provided they do not pose any operational security issues.

Q. What is the plan for keeping the workforce informed on the progress?

A. The workforce will be kept informed through direct emails from leadership, commander’s calls, meetings, videos, on-line collaboration opportunities, articles and other social media venues.

Q.  Who can I contact for further information?

A.  Send an email through the "contact us" link on the website and an AFMC We Need team member will respond to your query.

 

Interview Schedule

July 22-25:

  • Eglin Air Force Base
  • Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center
  • Kirtland Air Force Base
  • Hanscom Air Force Base
  • Gunter-Maxwell Air Force Base
  • Holloman Air Force Base

July 30- Aug. 1:

  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • Hill Air Force Base
  • Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Aug. 6-8:

  • Arnold Air Force Base
  • Tinker Air Force Base
  • Scott Air Force Base