Department of Defense

Blade Technology

Have you ever walked into an office and its seems to have a different computer on every desk? Well this is the case in most offices. On one desk you will see an HP machine and on the other will be a Dell. This issue is one of the reasons computer technicians (such as myself) have difficulties managing a network. I have been working in IT for seven years and I have found that most computer problems are because the DoD ...more »

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Military Health Care Contribution

Currently, active duty members receive 100% free health care and only pay a small amount for dependent/family coverage. I propose that all military members (USA/USN/USMC/USAF/USCG) contribute between $960 to $2400 per year towards their own health care coverage, scaled so that junior members pay the least ($80 per month) and senior members pay the most ($200 per month). With nearly 1.2 million active duty members, ...more »

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SAVE MILLIONS PER YEAR BY ELIMINATING WASTED BAH!

There are over 30K mil couples (one mil member married to another) on active duty in the USAF. Both spouses are receiving untaxed Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). One of the member’s is receiving BAH at the “single” rate (i.e. they have a spouse and/or child) rate, while the other is also receiving BAH at the “single” rate. This is obviously necessary, if they are stationed in separate locations. However, if they are ...more »

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Centralize Military Personnel Systems Manger (PSM) Workload

PSM workload is currently performed at installation-level by one to three PSMs across 77 locations. Recommend PSM workload be centralized at the Air Force Personnel Operations Agency (AFPOA) to save manpower, to achieve efficiency of operations, and to standardize the level of service provided. The level of service across 77 Military Personnel Sections (MPS) varies widely. Some PSMs are very willing to solve problems ...more »

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Desktop Personal Computer Replacement Frequency

I suggest that the computers be replaced only on a as-needed basis instead of the current mandatory (2-3) year cycle basis. There is no good reason that the USAF needs to continually spend huge amounts of money to take older machines out of service when they are still functional. The applications run on 90+% of these machines are so elementary that a 20-year old computer could still easily handle most of them very well-just ...more »

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Consider contracting the USMC for guard duty

Few things command respect like uniformed personel. We pay a rediculous amount for armed guards. Marines, soldiers, Airmen, and sailors could do this service. That's way it used to be.

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Phase I/Phase II exercise in Bagram AF, Afghanistan

Phase I/Phase II exercises are usually done in practice for Air Force deployment to a war zone. Specifically a hypothetical Korean war zone. I recently read an article on the Air Force Portal website that shows a USAF weapons load crew, loading INERT bombs (BDU-50) onto an F-15E in Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The article goes onto say that, this is during a Phase II exercise. During a Phase II there are simulated ...more »

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Save $3.2 Billion: Army Organic Fixed Wing Close Air Support

In a March 1997 CBO report, “Reducing the Deficit Spending and Revenue Options,” DEF-16, “Make the Army Responsibility for Close Air Support (CAS),” the CBO proposed a revolutionary idea to decrease deficit spending. The report stated that transferring responsibility for CAS from the USAF to the Army would save the Department of Defense (DOD) $3.2 billion over 5 years in 1997 fiscal terms. Not mentioned in the report ...more »

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Save $300 (M) Million annually by extending some tour lengths

As part of an annual 300 (M) million dollar savings plan, Commands, Assignment Officers and Detailers need to annually solicit and identify eligible military members willing and or able to accept a 12-month tour extension. Target extension goals should be no less than ten percent (10%) of an each assignment year’s (AY) transferring workforce. Justification: Each year the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department ...more »

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Reduce Waste in USAF Space Operations

The USAF has the capability to safely and reliably automate much of its standard day-to-day space operations but chooses not to. More than 4 squadrons of active duty and reserve space operators currently exist at Schriever AFB, CO to fly the Nation's GPS, MILSATCOM, and other satellites. Within the MILSATCOM squadrons, the Command and Control System-Consolidated (CCS-C) system has the capability to automate routine ...more »

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We Can't Afford Rolls Royce College Degrees

From 2004 to 2010, the USAF sent 67 people through the University of Tennessee's Aerospace & Defense MBA program. Their website doesn't show how many USAF people are enrolled for 2011. The program includes a session at an overseas location such as China or Australia. The tuition for 2010 was $52,000. The estimated cost for 2012, including tuition, travel and lodging for a week in Brazil, is about $82,000 per person ...more »

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USAF Manning Strategy & Execution

USAF complains that they do not have enough active duty personnel to meet mission. Has anyone asked the USAF if it actually knows how many active duty it takes to meet mission requirements in every function? How current are the USAF manning documents? Is the USAF using their personnel in the most effective, efficient and economic way? Do they have a consistent priority for assigning its active duty force or are they ...more »

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