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RISK MANAGEMENT TRANSFORMATION

The U.S. Air Force is adopting a five-step risk management cycle to replace the former six-step cycle. The changes will be reflected in the updated Air Force Instruction 90-901, Operational Risk Management.

The U.S. Air Force is adopting a five-step risk management cycle to replace the former six-step cycle. The changes will be reflected in the updated Air Force Instruction 90-901, Operational Risk Management.

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- In its continuing pursuit to make risk management a part of its everyday culture, the Air Force released the latest, greatest guidance to this endeavor. Here are some highlights of Air Force Policy Directive 90-8.
  • It dropped the "O" from "operational risk management" and changed it to "risk management." The "O" tended to give folks the feeling that risk management only applied to the operational flying side of the Air Force, which couldn't be further from the truth.
  • It revised the steps in the risk management process from six to five (see illustration).
  • It directs Air Education and Training Command, along with the Air Force Academy, to integrate risk management into curricula for all education and training programs, including accession training, professional military education, continuing education and technical training.
  • A big change to the accompanying Air Force Instruction 90-802 is the addition of periodic refresher briefings or presentations. The wing or unit commander will direct these, and the topic will be at the discretion of the commander. Refresher training should be scheduled on safety days, training days, commander calls, etc.
  • AFPAM 90-803 -- the risk management toolbox -- gets into great detail on ways to do proper risk analysis with many examples of how to do it.
  • Visit the risk management Web site, which you can access through the Air Force Portal to the AFSEC site. If you have any questions, you might contact your local wing risk management advisers, or contact the major command representatives at DSN 487-5817.