AFSO21Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century
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Air Force Materiel Command Instruction 90-104, Implementing AFSO21 Initiatives, 29 September 2008, para 1.
Value is defined as a need that a customer is willing to pay for (DoD Continuous Process Improvement Transformation Guidebook), and waste is described as "Defects, Over production, Waiting time, Non-standard over processing, Transportation, Intellect, Motion, and Excess inventory"; (represented by the acronym D-O-W-N-T-I-M-E, AFSO21 Playbook, p.
As the idea has matured within the Air Force, it has taken on a personality of its own in becoming AFSO21.
AFSO21 does much more than just produce straight-forward results because it promotes a culture that eliminates waste, shares best practices, and reduces cycle times for delivering effective combat capability.
AFSO21 is the key strategy to guide continuous process improvement that allows the Air Force to continue evolving while meeting mission-critical needs of today's warfighter.
Operational units could use CPI and could employ the principles in AFSO21 but preferably by employing a version that does not take time away from mission preparation/execution and that is specifically tailored for their culture.
Achieving maximum benefits through an AFSO21 review would require assistance by experienced consultants.
This paper focuses on the cultural changes required to achieve the desired effects of AFSO21, based on the relentless pursuit of continuous process improvement.
Marc Rogers, spent time with senior leaders at Incirlik Air Base to discuss the importance of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, or AFSO21.
This is not an additional program but a process to place Safety on the path of continuous improvement--it fits right with our current AFSO21 processes.
Under the auspices of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century or AFSO21, I have asked every Airman to make energy a priority and to bring ideas forward on how we can be more energy efficient.
They felt opportunity cost, effort, and time might be better spent on other AFSO21 events and initiatives which would provide a higher return on time invested.