Accession Number : ADA391838


Title :   Bridging the Gap Between Warfighters and Industry: The Professional and Personal Development of the Acquisition Officer


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Sullivan, Shannon M


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a391838.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1998


Pagination or Media Count : 72


Abstract : This study analyzes the professional and personal development of acquisition officers and their ability to cope with a rapidly changing environment. The paper compares Carl von Clausewitz's elements of genius to the formal and informal learning processes in the Air Force. In the review of formal learning, the major professional military education programs, such as Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College are reviewed. Additionally, the acquisition professional development program is assessed for its contribution to Clausewitzian genius. Experience, self-directed study, and mentoring fall under the rubric of informal learning. The Air Force counseling program and the non-commissioned officer mentoring culture is evaluated. Recent literature on the personal and professional development of employees is also reviewed. Finally, individuals from the warfighter, developer, and industry communities are interviewed for their thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the acquisition officer.


Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION , *EDUCATION , *PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT , MILITARY OPERATIONS , AIR FORCE , INDUSTRIES , OFFICER PERSONNEL , LEARNING , AIR FORCE OPERATIONS


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE