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.
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: