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Nick Loveday
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Demise of HQ Strike Command 1 Apr 07
14.03.2007 at 14:48:46
 
From 1 Apr 07, PTC and STC will be combined to form a single command – to be known as Air Command.  The key driver is to deliver a truly agile, adaptable and capable Air Force by removing barriers.

CAS has also launched a piece of work, to be called RAF Transformation, to build upon the work which underlay the collocation of HQPTC and HQSTC, to validate the Group and station structures and processes, to consider the top-level organisation of the RAF and supporting processes and to identify what further work needs to be undertaken to embed a culture of agility, empowerment and continuous improvement.   It is expected to complete by the autumn although residual work is likely to continue for some time after that.  It will take due consideration of similar work being done in the other Services, in Head Office, in the Defence Acquisition Change Programme and the PJHQ Process and Establishment Review.

Given the significant manpower savings that have been achieved over the past three years, RAF Transformation is unlikely to deliver large numbers of additional manpower savings.

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Headquarters PTC and STC have been collocated at RAF High Wycombe since last October, supported by shared staffs responsible for secretariat, planning and financial management activities. Experience with these arrangements has confirmed the anticipated benefits but also revealed the potential for even more effective support of operations - if we move to a fully integrated organisation.

Accordingly, from 1 Apr 07, PTC and STC will be combined to form a single command - to be known as Air Command.  

Air Chief Marshal Sir Clive Loader will be the first CINC Air Command.  He will have two deputies, Air Marshal Iain McNicoll and Air Marshal Stephen Dalton.  Air Marshal Dalton will be the Air Member for Personnel on the Air Force Board, with, as now, a direct reporting line to the Chief of the Air Staff on personnel strategy, policy and standards but, like Air Marshal McNicoll, he will also have responsibility for certain functions to CINC Air Command.

Looking further ahead, AVM Peter Dye, Head CHQ Implementation, will oversee a programme – to be known as ‘RAF Transformation’ – which will seek to create a culture of continuous improvement within Air Command and in Air Command’s interactions with other defence agencies such as the MOD Head Office and the Defence Equipment & Support organisation, thereby creating the conditions for a more agile, adaptable and capable Air Command HQ.
  
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Ian Fish
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Re: Demise of HQ Strike Command 1 Apr 07
Reply #1 - 14.03.2007 at 16:04:34
 
Is this the Air Command of a future UK Integrated Defence Force?
  
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Reply #2 - 21.03.2007 at 17:16:34
 
Good grief, what language do you use now?
"A culture of agility, empowerment and continuous improvement" , this sounds like the type of BSI and H&S double speak I now have to deal with in my job! 
Good Luck, for you all may need it!
  
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Re: Demise of HQ Strike Command 1 Apr 07
Reply #3 - 12.04.2007 at 19:16:18
 
As this seems to be a merger of the former 'Strike' and 'Training' functions perhaps a better title would be 'STraining Command'?
  
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