|Student Name:||Joshua Hager|
|Thesis:||An Analysis of Factors that Influence the Success of Expeditionary Civil Engineer Hub and Spoke Organizations|
|Location:||Building 646 / Room 207|
|Date & Time:||02/22/2013 at 1000|
|Abstract:|| Expeditionary USAF civil engineer (CE) support to recent operations in southwest Asia (SWA) created a unique organizational learning environment, particularly related to how CEs can better support geographically separated units in a manpower-constrained environment. One of the direct results of this organizational learning was the hub and spoke-organized expeditionary CE group featuring elements of both Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineer (RED HORSE) and Prime Base Emergency Engineer Force capabilities operating with theater-wide visibility of infrastructure requirements. This study acquired insights from literature and a purposeful sample of CE subject matter experts (SMEs) about factors that influenced this concept's delivery of operational advantages compared to those offered by strictly legacy CE organizational models. Using a modified Delphi method of SME opinion solicitation, it also determined which of these may be applicable in non-SWA environments and caveats, constraints, and conditions that CE force planners should consider for future hub and spoke organizations. The panel demonstrated consensus on twenty advantages and associated success factors, including resource cross-leveling flexibility, optimized organizational proximity to key support functions like logistics and contracting, centralized core engineering functions, and clearly communicating C2 relationships in the Joint environment.