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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Raymond R. Hill, PhD.


Over the last decade, the Department of Defense (DOD) has redesigned its acquisition process and the allocation of funding which in turned has had a major effect on the Air Force Acquisition program management workforce. The current acquisition workforce continues to face serious shortages of highly skilled program managers resulting in programs and projects overrun, undermanaged, and unexplained increased cost. Highly skilled talent with the necessary technology competencies is in high demand. These skills are critical to the success of programs and mission accomplishments.

The purpose of this benchmarking study is to determine if the Air Force are developing and equipping their Program Manager (PM) with right competencies to be successful in program management. This study will identify and determine the PM competencies of the Air Force, FAI FAC-P/PM certification program, and Boeing. It will examine and analyze the Air Force certification requirement to FAI and PM competences to FAI and Boeing to determine any gaps exists.

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