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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Heidi S. Brothers, PhD


Several organizations within the Department of Defense, including the Air Force Civil Engineer, are actively engaged in strategic planning in an effort to create a roadmap for future capabilities and performance. The objective of this research was to analyze the strategic planning process of the Air Force Civil Engineer (CE) as well as the effectiveness of the Civil Engineer Strategic Plan (CESP). The methodology used to complete this analysis was conducted in two distinct phases: 1) process modeling and evaluation, and 2) performance measure evaluation. The first phase compared the CE strategic planning process to a theoretical planning model developed in this research. The results of this evaluation showed the CE process does not provide a thorough analysis of the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and lacks defined strategies on how to achieve the goals and objectives of the CESP. The research also noted the need for a defined timeline and schedule for Civil Engineers to conduct a strategic planning process review in order to analyze performance measurement data and make necessary corrections to their strategy. The second phase of the research developed proposed performance measures (PMs) and metrics that are strategically linked to the objectives outlined in the CESP. The researcher also analyzed the PMs and metrics currently in use by CE to assess their effectiveness. This analysis showed several measures and metrics that were not strategically linked to the goals and objectives established in the CESP. The analysis also highlighted some redundancy in the objectives, or Mission Essential Tasks (METs), of the CESP and provided suggestions for improvement.

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