Client: Headquarters Air Force Directorate for Operational Capability Requirements (A5R)
Mission Area: Global Threats and Intelligence
The ANSER operating unit of Analytic Services Inc. provides program analytic support to the Headquarters Air Force Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements (A5R). ANSER’s analysis and recommendations helped the Air Force avert the loss of its only automated catalog of operational requirements documentation—a loss that would have required the Air Force to rely on un-sourced manpower to maintain a catalog by manual methods at a far greater expense.
ANSER analysts routinely conduct research on past Air Force programming decisions, synthesize the data into decision-quality information, and capture a vector to influence Air Force requirements and budgeting decisions that maximize operational utility in an age of diminishing resources. When the A5R Directorate learned that funding for the Air Force’s requirements database (the Information Resource Support System) had suddenly become insufficient to continue operations, ANSER research pinpointed the 3-year old decision that caused the shortfall. A contractor-to-civilian conversion decision by a major command removed contractor funding without transitioning the workload to organic Air Force personnel.
ANSER leveraged its understanding of the Defense Department’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process to frame a strategy to secure funds for continued operations. ANSER proposed a two-stage recommendation: first, address the out-year programming shortfall, and, second, leverage resourcing authorities for help with current-year shortfalls. After securing agreement from the A5R leadership, ANSER composed a series of correspondence for Directorate personnel to garner support from stakeholders, including programming and execution authorities at the major command and Headquarters Air Force. Within a year the strategy produced the desired results: the Air Force approved full funding for the program years, which led to funding for the current-year shortfall.
ANSER helped the Air Force preserve a critical capability and avoid significant costs at a time of fiscal austerity. The work directly informed Air Force decisions that are shaping our Nation’s future.