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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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David Petrillo, PhD


The purpose of this research was to produce a set of prescriptions that will facilitate the process of identifying a USAF command's set of core competencies. Theoretical approaches to outsourcing show the need for an organization to identify its own set of core competencies; however, there seems to be no set way for this identification process to be accomplished. This research will provide critical information to approach this important task. USAF commands that can identify their core competencies (and subsequently act on them) will become leaders in the Department of Defense (DoD), with the potential to reshape the DoD through innovation and creative new defense strategies. As such, the end result of this research effort is USAF commanders are now armed with a decision-making tool that will help them make critical decisions for identifying their command's core competencies.

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