“Prior to implementing ARM, the Air Force undertook a serious examination of the requirements for improving and managing its risk process. Our concern was not just managing risks within programs, but to have a process for understanding risk at the enterprise level.”
- Director, Acquisition Business Systems, US Air Force.
The Challenge: US Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) develops, acquires and sustains the resources the US Air Force needs to remain the leading military force in the world. It is responsible for over 50% of the Air Force’s budget. AFMC has responsibility for everything from the most complex fighter aircraft to uniforms. Its four core mission areas are:
• The science and technology to enable new and better military capabilities.
• Acquisition management to deliver capabilities.
• Test and evaluation to validate and improve capabilities.
• Sustainment of Air Force capabilities.
The Solution: AFMC selected Active Risk Manager (ARM) to monitor the risks of current and future programs, and for the rationalization and allocation of resource across the whole program portfolio. The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration sponsored the evaluation and subsequent purchase of ARM. USAF awarded the first contract to Active Risk, valued at over US $1 million in 2008.USAF programs have been encouraged to bolster risk management activities across the acquisition community by senior leadership. ARM is used to support this process and through tight integration with USAF’s existing management systems and reporting tools…
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