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Acquisition Program Manpower Modeling

Acquisition Program Manpower Modeling

Dayton Aerospace’s Sustainment Acquisition Composite Model (SACOM), originally developed for Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), accurately forecasts manpower requirements using a balanced qualitative and quantitative approach designed for broad applicability across all program office organizations in any phase of a program’s life cycle. It has been validated on over 300 diverse programs, including aircraft, electronics, munitions, hardware, software, space, and others.

The model calculates manpower requirements by assessing five key Workload Interfaces, each containing five scored Workload Drivers. The results predict the combined military, civilian, support contractor, and home office functional personnel, as well as a breakout by functional specialty. SACOM has been employed at every AFMC product center, logistics center and program office, as well as numerous other Department of Defense (DOD) and government program management organizations including USSOCOM, USTRANSCOM, USSTRATCOM, NAVAIR/CV-22, NAVPEO C4I & Space, NAVSEA, DISA, DHS, USCG, Army TACOM and USMC.

The Sustainment Acquisition Composite Model (SACOM) provides consistent manpower requirements and frees program offices from providing additional POM justification.

SACOM can also be used to predict manpower requirements for a program’s future states. In this case, our teams assist program managers in making various program assumptions, then use those factors to make model inputs. This can be useful for assessing start-up programs, programs that are anticipating significant growth, or programs that are nearing completion.

Implementation requires simple, structured interviews with program leaders and key functional staff. The scoring team guides program leadership through a short (typically 1 and 1/2 hour) scoring process to gather information on work being accomplished and workload drivers. The total score is applied to a validated lookup table and converted to the manpower required.

Annual scoring effectively accommodates programmatic changes which often impact manpower requirements, helping offices determine:

  • How do I establish how many people it takes to run my program?

  • How many people do I need to start up a new program?

  • How do I know if my manpower estimates are reasonable?

  • What is the right mix of functional expertise on my program?

  • What changes in functional mix should I anticipate as my program grows/shrinks?

  • How can I justify my manpower requirements?

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