Enrolling leaders from all sides of the defense industry—military, large corporations, and small businesses—brings together a diverse group of students who learn as much from each other over pizza as they do from their instructors, White says.
Hearing how a classmate from Delta Air Lines approached a supply chain issue inspired Janis Wood, deputy director of the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City, to look at her own processes differently.
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"It really makes you challenge how we look at costs in the government," says Wood, who completed her A&D M.B.A. in 2005. "Are we really making good decisions, or are we making short-sighted decisions? I want to make sure we're looking at it right."
While the U.S. Air Force serves a slightly different customer than Delta, Wood says their business objectives overlap.
"They're trying to return money to a stakeholder and we're trying not to use taxpayer money wastefully," Woods says. "Elimination of waste is the bottom line."
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