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How the Enterprise Operates

More than 190,000 Sailors, Marines, Civilians and Contractors contribute to the enterprise approach within Naval Aviation. They work in different organizations that must all work together to ensure readiness in a cost-effective manner.

Naval Aviation’s enterprise approach drives this collaboration--getting the right people together with the right information to break down barriers, spearhead cost-effective initiatives, and provide leadership with critical data to make superior decisions.

Enterprise efforts are guided by the NAE Organizational Structure and Governance document, which codifies the structure and operations of the Enterprise and delineates the set of processes, customs, and policies we use to operate. It defines the roles and responsibilities of Enterprise leadership and members, and serves to encourage continued growth in stakeholder participation. 

 

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 Air Board and Cross Functional Teams

Air Board

Enterprise leadership is organized into three principal membership groupings, each with its defined roles and purposes:

  1. Air Board Executive Committee: Members whose leadership assignment is within Naval Aviation and whose decision-making authority guides the course of core aspects of Naval Aviation.
  2. Air Board: Members whose organizational billet has a strong interdependent relationship with the Enterprise and Naval Aviation which necessitates an acknowledged need to be informed to advance the efforts of both Naval Aviation and the Air Board member's parent command.
  3. Extended Air Board: Members who are an important partner within Naval Aviation, provider and/or staff levels with shared interests in the Enterprise, but limited direct collaboration.

Governance is exercised by the Air Board in the broad context, and day-to-day by the Air Board Executive Committee as a subset of the Air Board. The Extended Air Board is the largest leadership group. The Enterprise is further subdivided into three major cross-functional teams and one integrated team.

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*For additional information on members of the Air Board Executive Committee, the Air Board, and the Extended Air Board please visit the Links of Interest page.

Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs)

To optimize readiness, each element which comprises that readiness - "people, stuff and money" - must be managed. Cross-functional teams are functionally focused to properly manage these elements. A cross-functional team is comprised of members from different stakeholder organizations, providing a range of functional expertise working toward common goals. The NAE's three cross-functional teams are supported by the Integrated Resource Mangement Team (click on each name for more information):

*For additional information on the teams that currently support Naval Aviation’s enterprise efforts please visit the Cross Functional Team Links section on the NAE Home Page.

 Tools

 

Boots on Ground / Deck Program

Boots events are executed for ashore (Boots on Ground) and afloat (Boots on Deck) commands. The purpose of these events is for NAE leadership to interact directly with a command and its assigned personnel to observe first-hand the challenges and successes with that command. It is not an inspection, but a fact gathering event intended to benefit the host commands.

Enterprise AIRSpeed

Enterprise AIRSpeed operationalizes cost-wise readiness across the Naval Aviation Enterprise and is Naval Aviation’s continuous process improvement (CPI) “brand.” Its primary mission is to transform Naval Aviation’s logistics chain into an integrated, reliable, demand-pull based replenishment system. The team accomplishes this mission by training and mentoring Fleet Sailors and Marines in CPI methodologies and philosophies. Sailors and Marines learn how to strategically implement the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and tactically focus Lean and Six Sigma events to increase throughput (and thereby readiness) while simultaneously decreasing inventory and operating expenses.

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