News: Team’s data research, analysis proves vita
SOUTHWEST ASIA – The holidays are a time of year for family and friends, but one Orange Park native instead spent it making sure key military leaders have the data they need to conduct current operations in Southwest Asia.
Capt. Kasey Miller is an analyst with the U.S. Air Force’s Combined Air and Space Operations Center Operational Assessment team and helps collect, analyze and translate essential information for key decision makers throughout the U.S. Air Force Central Command area of responsibility.
The division provides analysis on short and long term priorities as determined by Lt. Gen. David Goldfein, the Combined Forces Air Component Commander. Other commanders in the AOR also use the information, analysis and predictive assessments the OAT provides to aide in critical decision making.
“Our main priority is to support the CFACC and other general officers with their requests for information or analysis,” said Lt. Col. Chris Cullenbine, the OAT chief.
There is no limit in the types of data the OAT can collect and analyze. Examples of important information they’ve provided include metrics on casualties in relation to kinetic events; weapons systems; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts; and combat aircraft sorties.
When a special request comes in, an OAT analyst will begin the research process of the subject. The team calls these requests science projects. The projects can be simple requests for additional information or in-depth research on a specific subject. Through coordination with subject matter experts and using their research tools, the OAT can break down the data, track trends from previous research and compare results with other projects to provide the comprehensive analysis needed.
“We’re trying to improve what we do [in the AOR],” Miller said. “If we don’t know what we did yesterday, or how we did it, we can’t plan or improve for tomorrow.”
Miller is the newest member of the team and joined the Air Force only after looking at a couple of other options.
“I wanted to go to the Naval Academy,” she said. “I was from a Navy town so this made sense. However, I had family friends that were Air Force and they encouraged me to look at the AF Academy as well. I went to visit the Naval Academy and it just didn’t fit. As soon as I set foot on the campus of the AF Academy I knew it was where I belonged for college and what I wanted to do for my career.”
Miller is deployed from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and is a member of the Military Operations Research Society.
“I love solving problems,” she said. “What I work on every day changes so frequently that I can’t get bored and I am constantly learning something new.”
While the ISAF transitions from a lead to support role in Afghanistan, many of OAT’s projects have been helpful to assist with the changes.
“We have been able to track activity on the [transition] to help show how our security forces are passing responsibilities to the [Afghan National Security Forces],” said Maj. David Mills, an OAT analyst.
Their research and analysis aid decisions on such things as how to apportion limited resources to maximize air support to the ground commanders or whether or not to change techniques for IED searches. As analysts from very different bases and missions throughout the Air Force, the members of OAT are able to come together with the collective objective of supporting the AOR missions with their analytical skills.
Date Posted:01.18.2013 02:54
Hometown:ORANGE PARK, FL, US
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