Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Robert E. Pappas, PhD

Second Advisor

Paul Horst, PhD


This study determined to what extent AF contracting personnel training needs are sufficiently being satisfied by the current DoD training as outlined in DoD 5000,52M. A convenience sample was employed. 499 surveys were administered to Professional Continuing Education students for various level I through III courses. 320 surveys were used for the data base, achieving a 64.1 response rate. The results of this study show that the training requirements were viewed as sufficiently ensuring that the AF has a mission ready professional work force by slightly more than half of the respondents. However, the training component was ranked as the most important component of the career development program by the fewest number of respondents. Respondents indicated the need for improvement in the areas of specificity and timeliness of training. The training courses were perceived as overall adequate in meeting respondent needs. Key competencies for review were identified based on upward trend and correlational analysis. Contracting, Procurement, Acquisition, Training

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.