Case Study - USAF

Tasks: Identify individual compliance statements contained within AF regulations. Prioritize each statement and make recommendations to clarify and reduce the content of Air Force guidance.

Client – United States Air Force

The challenges faced by the US Air Force in ensuring compliance and regulatory adherence were twofold and profound. The first challenge was a limited understanding of the vast array of requirements encompassed within the Air Force Instructions (AFIs) – comprising over 1300 regulations.

Project Information


Compliance Management Challenges

The challenges faced by the US Air Force in ensuring compliance and regulatory adherence were twofold and profound. The first challenge was a limited understanding of the vast array of requirements encompassed within the Air Force Instructions (AFIs) – comprising over 1300 regulations. Accompanying this challenge was identifying the precise compliance statements or individual requirements embedded within these AFIs. 

Secondly, there was a distinct lack of visibility concerning the extensive scope of compliance obligations imposed on the nine distinct functional mission areas within the enterprise. This lack of visibility hindered Airmen’s ability to promptly ascertain and substantiate compliance across the entirety of the enterprise. To address this issue, a systematic process was required to identify, clarify, and prioritize individual requirements while eliminating outdated, irrelevant, or redundant compliance obligations. 

Moreover, our customer faced the daunting task of sustaining an optimal level of compliance across all nine functional mission areas and the broader enterprise. Mitigating this challenge and ensuring ongoing compliance in a sustainable manner proved to be an additional obstacle for the customer. 

Overall, these challenges highlighted the immense complexity and magnitude of the compliance and regulatory landscape faced by the US Air Force. Addressing these obstacles necessitated strategic measures to enhance knowledge, visibility, and sustainable compliance practices across the entire enterprise.


Mitigation Measures for Compliance Management Challenges

Our solution aimed to provide the Air Force with comprehensive and explicit knowledge of the exact size and scope of the compliance requirement landscape, right down to the individual statements. These compliance statements serve as the regulatory guidelines that dictate how, what, when, and where the Air Force carries out its mission tasks. To achieve success, a well-coordinated effort between the Air Force’s nine functional areas, our proprietary solution, GUICE2 and subject matter experts was essential. 

One of our primary objectives was to validate and offer clear visibility into the precise number of compliance statements. The Air Force’s initial estimates suggested a staggering 65 thousand statements, and it was our task to verify this figure accurately. Additionally, we undertook the vital task of identifying and recommending the removal of outdated and invalid compliance statements. By eliminating these unnecessary requirements, we aimed to streamline future compliance efforts and ensure a more effective and sustainable approach. 

Furthermore, a critical step in improving future compliance sustainment was the identification of obsolete and invalid compliance statements, along with an accurate count of the statements themselves. This meticulous process would pave the way for enhanced compliance practices and enable the Air Force to adapt and evolve in line with changing regulations and operational needs.

Benefits of Compliance Improvement to US Air Force

The collaborative initiative between the United States Air Force (USAF) and resulted in significant benefits for the entire enterprise:

Enhanced Compliance:

Addressing conflicts and inconsistencies within 1,300+ compliance issuances, directives, and instructions improved USAF’s adherence to regulations, reducing non-compliance risks.

Strengthened Guidance Framework:

AATD’s comprehensive review improved coherence and harmony in USAF publications, ensuring consistent implementation across functional areas of responsibility.

Improved Decision-Making

Streamlined review processes and GUICE2 software empowered informed decision-making and resource allocation.

Operational Efficiency

Eliminating conflicts, inconsistencies, and outdated information minimized confusion and optimized efforts, enhancing operational efficiency.

Cost Savings

AATD recommended a 40% reduction in outdated and conflicting requirements, potentially resulting in significant cost savings for the USAF.

In summary, the close collaboration between the Air Force and AATD across the nine functional areas of responsibility was instrumental in driving the accuracy and success of the initiative. This unparalleled collaboration yielded valuable outcomes across the Air Force enterprise, including enhanced compliance, a fortified guidance framework, elevated decision-making capabilities, heightened operational efficiency, and the potential for substantial cost savings.

Client Profile

The United States Air Force is indeed the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the five military services within the Department of Defense.

Additionally, it is accurate to state that the U.S. Air Force has over 1300 policy documents, instructions, and manuals that comprehensively guide all aspects of daily operations and mission accomplishment. These regulatory documents play a crucial role in ensuring compliance, providing guidance, and facilitating the successful execution of the Air Force’s diverse missions.

Success Highlights

  • Identified over 300 thousand compliance statements or requirements within Air Force guidance publications.
  • Recommended reductions of over 40% to Air Force requirements
  • Prioritized guidance content to assist in decision making and resource allocation Improved content clarity and quality.
  • Provided updates for over 1300 Air Force guidance publications.