DATA ANALYTIC LITERACY FOR AIR FORCE 38F OFFICERS
Bold, Emily C.
Aten, Kathryn J.
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38F officers manage operations much like commercial businesses, and so it is natural for Air Force leaders to look for and apply best practices learned from the business world, including data analytics. Senior leaders in the 38F career field are considering how applying data analytics to Force Support capabilities could improve results. To explore the possibilities data analytics could bring to the 38F, I explore the readiness of the 38F career field for data analytics using personnel data and a recent occupational survey and find that there are concerns and gaps in the workforce. Moreover, looking at existing opportunities for 38F officers and conducting interviews with 38F officers reinforced the idea that there are opportunities in data analytics, and consistent ideas about what is needed to implement them, but there are also significant gaps in knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to implement data analytics today. Thus in order to help steer this transformation, I also explored the literature on what data analytics is and how effective it is in business, and I put together data on existing options for external data analytics training to fill these gaps.
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