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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Alfred E. Thal, Jr., PhD


The civil engineer operations flight organizational structure has been in a state of change since the flight's inception and is currently prescribed only to the element level. Therefore, an operations flight commander must determine the organizational structure best suited for their unique situation without any guidance or support. To provide insight and defensible support for an operations flight commander faced with this decision, a value-focused thinking process was used to create a value model that aids in evaluating possible organizational structures. To ensure that the results of this research are applicable across the Air Force, the value model was created in a way that identifies the basic values of any operations flight commander. To further strengthen the results and ensure their wide-ranging relevance, the values model was used to evaluate a representative sample of organizational structures from the perspective of multiple scenarios. The results of this research provide an operations flight commander a concise, straightforward, and defensible means of selecting an organizational structure. The insights provided by the analyses are generic enough to be applicable at any installation in the Air Force, yet specific enough to provide a recommended organizational structure for many different scenarios.

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