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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Dennis D. Strouble, PhD


Military operations in the past, present, and future are highly dependent on the timely distribution of accurate information; the only thing really changing is the speed and means of which it is dispersed. As we proceed forward in the information age, technology and the men and women responsible for it will play an ever increasing role in getting the right information in the right place at the right time. As the United States Air Force continues to transform into an ever increasing expeditionary service the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Air Force officers must transform as well to meet the evolving needs of combatant commanders. 33S officers perform garrison duties in many different capacities; current duty position or past experience thus does not guarantee we have acquired the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed when and where it matters most. Hence, the purpose of this research is to identify core skill sets in the form of knowledge, skills, and abilities, which are most important to Communication and Information (AFSC 33S) Officers to successfully carry out assigned duties in forward operating locations.

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