CON 110 Mission Support Planning – Lesson 1 – Part 1

YOUR MISSION SUPPORT STRATEGY
The Organization’s Mission Introduction DOD has a mission to protect and defend the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic. As military members or civilian employees, everything we do in performance of our duties ultimately contributes to the accomplishment of that mission. Each subordinate component or office within DOD, as well as each civilian agency, also has a mission. The members of that component work to accomplish those missions. As part of the acquisition workforce, we support other activities in accomplishing their missions. The way that we do that is our mission support strategy. The dictionary defines strategy as an elaborate and systematic plan of action. Several key words are systematic, plan, and action. Therefore, a strategy is organized (systematic). It is intentional and doesn’t happen by accident (planned). Also, we must take steps to accomplish our mission (action). Many organizations formalize their strategy in what is called a strategic plan. A strategic plan is a document used by an organization to align its organization and budget structure with organizational priorities, missions, and objectives. In order to support the mission, we must first discover what the mission is. Many organizations proudly post their missions on their web pages. The DAU Mission Statement is: Provide Practitioner Training and Services to Enable the AT&L Community to Make Smart Business Decisions and Deliver Timely and Affordable Capabilities to the Warfighter. The AT&L Community is the Acquisition Technology and Logistics workforce in the Department of Defense. Here are some other examples of mission statements. Check out as many as you wish, then return here. • DARPA http://www.darpa.mil/body/mission.html • DISA http://www.disa.mil/main/missman.html • NAVY COMHELTACWINGLANT http://www.navy.mil/homepages/comheltacwinglant/mission.html • ARMY Fort Belvoir http://www.belvoir.army.mil/mission.asp • USAF Museum http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/mission.htm • Marines MarCorLogCom http://www.matcom.usmc.mil/logcom/mission.asp • Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/theme_home1.jsp • IRS http://sig.nfc.usda.gov/feb/members/dotre-intrevser.htm

What is a Strategy?

What is My Organization’s Mission?

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Was it easy to find the mission statement for your organization? In reading it. Next identify your major customers and find their mission statements. We’ll call it your mission support strategy. Hopefully. How does Acquisition Fit into My Organization’s Mission? -2- . you can provide better mission support by developing a personal mission support strategy. By putting it down in writing you will articulate your thoughts. How Do I Fit into this Mission? Now let’s drill down a little deeper. You may want to print them out and keep them in a file so you can refer to them as you work.CON 110 Mission Support Planning – Lesson 1 – Part 1 The Organization’s Mission. then ask. STOP now and collect the mission statements. Several years ago I decided I needed a personal mission statement to focus my life. If you can’t find it by looking on the internet. You need a plan. did you gain any insight on what they are doing? Think about some of the contracts your office awards or administers for your customers. this exercise has helped you see how overall. the duties therein describe actions that support the acquisition mission and also describe what you are really doing. continued Exercise What is your organization’s mission statement? Take some time now to find out. Ask the contracting officer. If you have a question about whether the proposed contract action is supporting the mission. making it clear to yourself and others. you will need to have them to continue with this lesson. Whether you are supporting your organization’s mission or your own personal mission. Hopefully. but you may wish to write your own personal mission statement. Ask the customer. Ask your supervisor. How does this contract advance the customer’s mission? Would a different type of contract arrangement better meet the customer’s mission? These are the types of questions you will need to continually ask in order to make sure that acquisition is supporting the mission. It is not absolutely necessary. Are your efforts supporting the mission? Consider your own job description. acquisition supports the mission. does it reflect what you thought your office should be doing? Are there any surprises? In reading your customer’s mission statement. In any event. ask your supervisor to help you. Regardless of what your current job description says. When you have the mission statements for your office as well as your major customers come back and continue the lesson. you need to ensure that your efforts support the mission.

They should be updated when appropriate. Strategic planning requires lots of thinking. Related to the item above. Development Steps Things to keep in mind: SWOT Analysis Strengths Opportunities www. SWOT is an acronym for Strengths. It will take days and maybe weeks. Outline the steps to accomplish the mission. Opportunities and Threats. Provide a basis for more detailed planning. An opportunity that addresses that weakness could be a DAU Continuing Learning Module (CLM) in that specific area of knowledge.CON 110 Mission Support Planning – Lesson 1 – Part 1 Developing My Strategy Purpose Your mission support strategy will: • • • • Elements of the Strategy Serve as a framework for decisions and actions. 3. As the SWOTs change. 2. Weaknesses. so does the plan. you should address how you will compensate for that in order to meet the strategic goals. you will want to identify the SWOTs.com Weaknesses Threats -3- . For example. Elements of your plan: • • • • Define the mission – The mission statement Define the goals – How do I contribute to meeting the mission? Describe strategic actions – What must be done to accomplish the goals (big picture) Identify means to measure progress 1. if your weakness is lack of knowledge in a particular area of contracting. These factors affect what can be accomplished in a strategic plan. Explain the plan to others to gain buy-in. most strategic plans are dynamic. Strategic plans are not meant to be written and thrown in a drawer. As you develop your strategy. You are not going to sit down and whip out a mission support plan in 15 minutes.marketingteacher.

mil/pdf/StrategicPlan13sept.CON 110 Mission Support Planning – Lesson 1 – Part 1 Additional Resources As you develop your mission support strategy.mindtools.htm -4- .dau. you may click here: http://www.pdf To learn more about SWOT analysis. it may help you to read other strategic plans.com/pages/article/newTMC_05. You can see the current DAU Strategic Plan here: http://www.