United States Air Force Academy

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ABOUT

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The Department of Air Force’s approximate 700K-person people domain is the competitive advantage for U.S. Joint Warfighter dominance of air, space, cyber, land, and maritime domains. Strengthening leadership’s domain awareness is critical for our national security.

Our Mission

OLEA conducts evidence-based analysis Illuminating causal impact of personnel policies and programs by understanding Airman and Guardian choices. OLEA studies how talent management systems influence behavior through incentives and other structural designs, and underlying reasons for patterns in personnel outcomes.

Our Customers

OLEA’s primary customer is the assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs-chaired OLEA Steering Group. Steering Group members include CMSAF, CMSSF, SAF/SA, AF/A1, USSF/S1, USAFA/CC, USAFA/DF, AETC/CC, STARCOM/CC and other key leaders. We also partner with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other Services on joint projects and may have the capacity to serve other clients through funding agreements.

Our Scope

The Department of Air Force’s (DAF) approximate 700K person workforce, valued at $54B, comprising approximately one-quarter of the DAF’s annual budget, relies on policies and programs within a complex human capital SYSTEM to garner outcomes necessary for meeting National Security objectives. OLEA’s provides evidence-based research and analysis ACROSS THE SYSTEM to inform strategic personnel policies, programs, and decisions for the DAF and other DoD customers.

This figure represents key components of the Department of Air Force talent management system. OLEA’s research focuses on all of the system’s components.
 
This figure represents key components of the Department of Air Force talent management system. OLEA’s research focuses on all of the system’s components.
Our Niche

OLEA applies labor and economic theory, leverages academic research and robust people and related data, and employs econometric tools and techniques.